The Green Mile script
Synopsis: The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy crime drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey with supporting roles by David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, and James Cromwell. The film also features Dabbs Greer, in his final film, as the old Paul Edgecomb. The film tells the story of Paul's life as a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression in the United States, and the supernatural events he witnessed.

Paul appears f.g., coming up the ridge in his borrowed

poncho. He looks back at the valley below, inhales deeply--

this is a man who loves his walks.

He pulls a piece of toast from his pocket and starts to

nibble as he presses up on the ridge...

Low angle:
nursing home and ridge beyond

...and we see Paul from a distance, just a speck trudging up

toward the treeline. A PICKUP TRUCK rumbles into frame and

parks, a bumper sticker looming large: "I Have Seen God and

His Name Is Newt Gingrich".

BRAD DOLAN gets out, an orderly in his late 20's/early 30's,

arriving for work in jeans and cheesy plaid shirt. He gazes

up toward the ridge, scowling and muttering softly:


Old fuck.

He slams the door and heads for the nursing home...

EXT. WOODS - MORNING CAMERA BOOMS DOWN through the trees to find Paul

wandering a wooded path, munching a tidbit of toast, looking

for all the world like Red Riding Hood in his plastic poncho.

It's silent here, like a church. The only sounds we hear are

the twittering of the birds and the hammering of the


A RUSTLING SOUND makes Paul freeze. He turns, becomes

transfixed. Softly:


Oh, my...

Reverse angle

reveals a magnificent BUCK, not twenty feet away, misty

breath punching the cold morning air. They watch each other

for an endless moment, both standing stock still...

...and then the animal bounds away, vanishing into the

foliage. Paul lets out a breath, shakes his head in wonder.

He takes another bite of toast, moves on...

...and WE PAN WITH HIM to reveal a pair of old wooden storage

shacks along the path up ahead.


Dark in here, cobwebby and decrepit. We see Paul approaching

outside the grimy window. He steps up to the glass and shades

his eyes, peering curiously in as we

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Frank Darabont

Frank Arpad Darabont (born January 28, 1959) is a Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In his early career he was primarily a screenwriter for horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob and The Fly II. As a director he is known for his film adaptations of Stephen King novels such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. more…

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