Is “The Green Mile” Based on a True Story?

The 1999 film “The Green Mile” is an adaptation of Stephen King’s not-based-on-a-true-story novel of the same name. The novel focuses on the death row of Cold Mountain Penitentiary, which receives a new inmate named John Coffey.

John Coffey is convicted of the murder and rape of two young girls; nevertheless, Paul Edgecomb, the ward superintendent, discovers that Coffey possesses a magical ability to heal. The novel’s setting was inspired on the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which introduced an electric chair in 1938. The picture is set in 1935, before the electric chair was installed at Louisiana State Penitentiary.

The film’s setting was altered from the novel’s original 1932 setting to incorporate the picture “Top Hat.” Michael Clarke Duncan portrays the role John Coffey in the 1999 film, while Tom Hanks portrays the character Paul Edgecomb.


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