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PAUL EDGCOMB IS APOSTLE PAUL TYPE
Paul's life journey
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 13:38:30 -0600
From: John Myers Christian Leadership Ministries

Perhaps the character of Paul Edgcomb is meant to represent the person of Paul the Apostle, and other believers like him.

Paul the Apostle was "forced" to see Christ and essentially what Christ saw--his conversion was almost not a choice. Also, he was taken up "into the third heaven" at one time and told not to speak of the things he saw there. I'm sure Paul more than longed to go "home" after that experience. He even wrote that he would rather be with Christ in heaven (especially after having seen Christ and what heaven is like, I'm sure--imagine what this earth would look like after that experience), but that for the church's sake he would remain on earth--but only because it was God's will. He had to endure extreme hardship because of God's plan for his life--beatings, imprisonment, ridicule, watching others die, etc. Jesus Christ Himself was a "Man of sorrows" and we as His children are to "share in His sufferings." Sure there is joy to be had here, but it is joy in knowing God, joy in knowing His ultimate plan. This earth is condemned, and all we see around us is a world Satan has constructed over the centuries (see The Matrix).

I came away from the movie in tears and could not stop crying all the way home. I have two small children, so the scene of Paul Edgcomb's revelation of the murder was especially poignant to me. I was suddenly made aware that it is altogether likely that right now, somewhere even in just this country alone, a child is being raped and brutally murdered. I don't want to think about that, although I know it is true.

It is too painful for me to think about. And if I don't think about it, I can fool myself into believing that this world isn't so bad after all--out of sight, out of mind. But Christ sees it; He is intimately involved in it. He knows the child, he knows the murderer, he knows every awful detail of what is happening, and He feels it all.

Do I really want to know the mind of Christ?

Am I prepared to be His follower? After all, if I am a believer, then Christ really did, as the movie states, "infect" me with His life--His essence. I'm not so sure our life here is to be all fun and games.

In light of this, I think Paul Edgcomb's last 15 minutes were a very accurate and appropriate portrayal.

John Myers
jmyers@clm.org

My response: Thanks John. You are very insightful. Amazing.

Pastor says JOHN COFFY IS A CHRIST FIGURE
ONE OF THE BEST PORTRAYALS OF CHRIST ON FILM
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000
From: Jay Hilbinger

Great Website! Thanks for being so thorough! I don't understand why some people think there is a difference between John Coffy as a "Christ figure" and John Coffy as "a pure or holy or good" person "that is striving to be faithful" to God or Jesus? Jesus himself said, basically, "Be like me." That is the goal of every Christian, though at the same time we know we will never do it perfectly (without sin and error). Most of my favorite movies of all time are ones that contain a Christ-like or "Messianic" figure like John Coffy -- such as Robin Williams' character in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY, Simba in THE LION KING, the two priests in THE MISSION, and more recently the iron giant in THE IRON GIANT. In my opinion, trying to distinguish differences between a "Christ(-like) figure" and a "good, moral, just person-of values trying to be faithful to God" is nothing but "splitting hairs."

Yes, Green Mile is now in my Top 5 of all time. As a pastor and a Christian, I have been recommending it like crazy to everyone I know. Thanks again for the excellent and open-minded work you have done on this movie, and on so many others. You are a terrific resource for my ministry!

Jay Hilbinger
First Lutheran Church
Greensboro, NC
My response: As one pastor to another, YES! I agree with you.

THE PRAYER THAT WAS LEFT OUT OF THE FILM
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000
From: Shelley

Dear Mr. Bruce,
I, too, enjoyed The Green Mile movie and think that it is a wonderful witnessing tool. However, I am sad to see that no one has mentioned the book at all. I read the book on the recommendation of another Christian, and I feel that some of the questions brought up about the movie (the last 15 minutes or John's "punishment" of Percy) would be easily explained by the written story. I was also disappointed to see that the prayer of John Coffey was left out of the movie, which to me, symbolizes his humanity, and that although God used him for good, he still felt a human need for justice and did take it upon himself to administer that justice. To me, that shows how we all want vengeance against those who are so cruel and evil in this world. I didn't really see John as a "Christ figure" although it is an obvious analogy, but more as a pure soul, willing to be used by God and still be totally human. More of a vision of what we should strive to be. His child-like innocence is what Jesus said he wanted from us in Matthew 10:14-15,

The prayer that John prayed in the book was "Baby Jesus, meek and mild, pray for me, and orphan child. Be my strength, be my friend, be with me until the end. Amen." That implied to me that although John is a human being, with faults and conflicting emotions, he tries to rely on Jesus as his leader.
I also feel that the last 15 minutes of the movie were a poor representation of Paul

Edgecomb's real feelings about John. If you haven't read the book, stop reading or else this will be a plot spoiler.

Paul's wife dies in a bad bus accident and in the process of watching his wife die, Paul wonders where John Coffey is, and why can't he be there to save Jan's life after all the wonderful things John did for everyone else. That is also a great parallel to the Christian life. We sometimes wonder why God is letting us suffer so, when we don't have the knowledge of His divine providence. To me, Paul didn't feel so cursed at the end of the book, but more a sense of wonder and questioning what John was really all about. I have to admit, that Stephen King doesn't really leave you with a sense of God's true love for His people, although he shows it well up until John dies in the book.

All in all, it was a great movie, but I highly recommend reading the book for more insights into plot and characters.
My response:Thank you for the additional insight. I appreciate that.

GREEN MILE IS 5 STAR MOVIE
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000
From: Todd Wade twade@scriptpro.com

First and foremost, thank you for all your hard work and HARD THOUGHT. All too many people would just see a movie and see only a movie, without thought of real life applications. Thanks to you, I have a much greater awareness of the representations in movies.

Now, about the Green Mile: An absolute 5 star movie (although I agree that Shawshank was better) I agree with everything HJ said, with STRONG emphasis on his warnings about blaming the Jews for Christ's death. What I have a hard time with is the notion that Stephen King actually had all of these things in mind when he wrote the story and advised on set. I read everything he writes and I believe it is safe to say he is less than a strict follower of Jesus. Which sets up a certain quandry for me... Yes, we can derive entertainment and spiritual strength from this movie. Yes, the messages it sends are good and uplifting. But is it a good thing to be so hightly supportive of a movie made by a man whose primary goal is not to uplift the name of Jesus, but to use the life of Jesus as a platform to make something great for himself? I am not trying to sound elitist. I am as guilty as anybody of allowing myself to be entertained by movies/activities that are selfish and not very God-minded. But if I am to be honest with myself, I have to examine whether or not I am being true to God by doing so. I would definitely be interested in hearing a biblical slant on this thought.
Todd Wade
twade@scriptpro.com

JEWISH CONCERNS
Subject: Jewish concerns
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 23:06:31 -0600
From: Jeff

As a Jewish believer in Jesus as the Messiah, I applaud you for the sensitive and powerful way you responded to the person who believed that Hanks represented the Jews. It makes me appreciate the people who make this web site happen all the more.
My response: And thank you for your kind words.

THE TOM HANKS CURSE
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000
From: Brian blueshagcarpet@hotmail.com

I had noticed that several of the comments on the web page asked about why the Tom Hanks character was cursed by JC. This part of the movie reminded me of a myth I heard when I was little. It was that the centurion who crucified Jesus was condemned to walk the earth forever. I believe he was supposed to ponder what he had done (or some such thing). As far as I know, this story is not remotely biblical, but it is not an uncommon idea. In fact, the Zena: Warrior Princess series uses a character similar to this. It seems to me that the Tom Hanks character in the Green Mile may be a spinoff of this myth. Also, I was wondering about the thing JC said at the end, "He kills them with their love for each other, and it happens every day all over the world." Is HE the devil? Is it our love for each other that makes us think we don't need Christ? Any comments would be welcomed.

blueshagcarpet@hotmail.com
brian

** feel free to post my e-mail along with this comment, if you choose to use
the comment. thanks

ALLEGORY OF JEWS
Subject: curse on "Tom Hanks character"
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000
From: Keith

I was told about this website this morning after going to church, and so I got home and checked it out looking to see what it said about "The Green Mile" One person commented saying why was "Tom Hanks" cursed by John Coffey even if not on purpose. I took it as an allegory of the Jews, who crucified Jesus. Yes, they have not as a whole turned to Christ yet, but one day a remnant or a group of them will be saved.
Well in the end the old man (Hanks) said one day he would die and he knew that but not yet. Maybe it was a look at the Jews blinding to the truth and then one day some of their eyes will be open to Christ. That was just one of my thoughts.
Keith (from South Carolina)

My response: I understand the comparison between the Tom Hank's character and the people in Jesus' day that led him away to be crucified. But, I believe you are dead wrong about implying that the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. The Tom Hank's character would better fit the gentile Roman soldiers who were the actual executioners of Jesus. The Hank's character was a believer in J.C. as was the Roman centurion at the foot of the cross who said, "Surely this was a righteous man" (Luke 23:47). It is important to remember that no ethnic group is responsible for the death of Jesus. Our Jewish sisters and brothers have suffered so much through the years due to this erroneous charge. They have been falsely accused, uprooted, put into prisons, tortured and killed. The Jews did not kill Jesus. Our wonderful Jewish friends are innocent. Jesus was Jewish, his disciples were Jewish, and the majority of the New Testament was written by Jews. Christians owe the Jews a great debt of gratitude. The death of Jesus came at the hands of a few wicked Gentile and Jewish leaders of that day (Acts 2:23). Technically, it was God who killed Jesus (Isaiah 53:4). In Christian doctrine, we believe that "he was pierced for our transgressions" and he "died for the sin of the world." In other words we all -all of us- put Jesus on the cross.

I need to say something more here. To believe that the Jews, as an ethnic group, are responsible for the death of Jesus is heretical and racist. Please, I beg of you to put such thinking aside. Such ideas have proven to be very dangerous and lethal. There is too much hate in the world. God has a special love for the Jewish people. To speak against the Jews is to speak against Jesus. Please talk to your pastor, s/he will help you understand.

AN APOLOGY TO THE JEWS
Subject: Jewish alegory
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000
From: Keith

First of all I would really like to apoligize to all whom I offened. I in no way was I degrading Jews, because I know they are God's chosen people. I hate no one and I strive every day to show Christ's love to one another. And as I thought about it yes, it might of seemed more of an alegory of the Roman soldier who cruicified Jesus or maybe even Pilate, but I don't know. But I do have some concerns in your response. Yes, I came accross wrong. I know, no person could kill Jesus, He gave of His life as His Father directed because of our sin. So all of us are resonsible for Jesus' death. But what I meant by a curse is truley evident in the Bible and in no way can someone not deny the blindness that has been put on the the eyes of the Jews by God, as a whole. And notice I said as a whole. There are many Jesus believing Jews, am I not right? And I truley believe that before Christ comes back there will be many more.(The Remnant, Romans 11:5) But as I dig into the word there was a blindness put on the Jews because they did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and by them not believing they accused Him of blasphemy and because they could not condemn a man to death with out the approval of the Roman Government, Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate. After all the the trials, Romans saw no fault in Him. But the Jews (wicked leaders of the day) pushed the punishment. And then in Jerusalem the crowd mostly made up of Jews began yelling crucify Him, crucify Him. Well then Pilate washed his hands of it and said "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it" (Matthew 27:24) And then the crowd of Jews said, "Then answered all the poeple, and said, His blood be on us and on our children."(Matt. 27:25) OK. Did them saying this keep the disciples still following Christ, No. When the disciples began spreading the message of Christ did this stop the Jewish people from excepting Christ. No, not at this point. And I don't think it ever did "COMPLETELY", BUT!! There is a big continue to this. As you read the book of Acts the only book in the Bible written by a Gentile which is Luke, you see where I am getting at. After so long of the message be spread the Jews where cut off. And the message of Christ went to the Gentiles. ROMANS 11:1-11
My response: Next time just conclude with the apology. I liked that. But, then you went on in a tone that still sounds, somehow, anti-Jew. You are stuck in a difficult position. My heart goes out to you. I thank you for making an attempt at a more gracious position. However, you still need to do some more soul searching. Romans 11:1-11 was a good selection on your part. It speaks of God's love for the Jewish people. The context is the inclusion of the Gentiles as the people of God as well. Always remember, that scriptures teach us that "God is no respecter of persons." Red, yellow, black or white, all are precious in God's sight!

ABOUT BAD LANGUAGE
Subject: Language...Bad?
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2000
From: Mark

I must say that I engoyed this movie emensly, and I have just a brief comment to make in respose to all the people who say tat the language in the movie is "bad", or "Raw" well think of the scenerio this way. Movies are supposed to be a reflection of reality are they not, and I think that the language in this movie, was perhaps even tamed down from what it probably would have been in that setting. People we complain if a movie is not "real" yet we also complain if it is too "real" only we seem to put different twists on it if it is too real. Anyways I would highly recommend this movie to everyone and everyone who has the capacity to understand it (obviously not 7 yr old children). Well that is my comment, and the next time that you see a movie that is perhaps too vulgar, think what it would be like in real life, remember movies are a reflection of reality, not a reflection of how many Christians would like it to be. All round excelent movie...Language included.
-MARK
My response: I could not agree with you more! I took a walk across a High School campus the other day. All I can say is that movies are a tame reflecton od our culture.

GREEN MILE WAS INCREDIBLE BLESSING
Subject: Hanks alot
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 23:05:49 -0400
From: Lisa boitano@bright.net

from: Lisa
I just got back from seeing "The Green Mile" and I must first say that it is an incredible blessing to have this website to turn to to hear others thoughts and to mull movies over with some brothers and sisters in Christ. I too would like more feedback about why Hank's character was cursed (unintentionally) by Coffey. I just don't get that!! My only explanation to myself is that Stephen King himself doesn't fully understand God's tremendous power to forgive the truly repentant---which in my opinion Edgecomb was.

Also, does anyone out there have an opinion about what was coming out of Coffey's mouth or did I miss what it "literally" was supposed to be. I know figuritively it was evil but was it just flies or were they supposed to be tiny demons???

A couple other thoughts: The movie contains 3 executions. Two men who were guilty of crimes and one wrongly condemned. This reminded me of the two thieves on either side of Christ the day of his crucifixion. It is also interesting that at the end we are returned to the prison which we find has been remodeled into the retirement home (with green mile still intact)--still a place where people seemingly come to wait to die.

I truly appreciate movies like this in my career as a youth worker. I can lecture and point to scripture but movies like this (even if I need to edit some content) are so powerful. I have always been a fan of movies with "layers". The Green Mile is added to that running list of mine. Again I am thankful to Hollywood Jesus for pulling quotes and providing a forum that aids me as I prepare meetings that use these worldly works of art for a kingdom purpose.

I would welcome dialogue on this and other films.
You may include my email address. Lisa boitano@bright.net

My response: About the flies, see above in review, I have added some new thoughts.

WONDERFUL FAMILY TIME DISCUSSING GREEN MILE
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000
From: Price
Wonderful movie! My husband, two teen sons and I all loved it. We had a wonderful time after the movie discussing all of the hidden meanings. An innocent man, condemned to die for the sins of another....loving,kind & tenderhearted with the power to heal and raise the dead....ultimate judgement of evil.
There have been some comments about would Jesus have condemned Percy to a life of insanity. My take on that part of the movie is that Jesus will someday stand as judge, and evil will be punished in a place of lasting torment where there is " weeping, wailing and knashing of teeth". Sounds like a mental hospital to me.
I have told everyone I can think of to go see this movie. As a matter of fact, we will be seeing it again this weekend with our entire extended adult family.
please do not use my email address
My response: Thank you. I wish all families could do as you all do. Enjoy a movie together and then discuss it. Powerful.

LIKED GREEN, SHAWSHANK BETTER
Subject: was a great show- but doesn't compare to shawshank redemption.....
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 00:51:56 -0800
From: Joe

The green mile was great- It had your typical Stephen King characters- Only he would think up a mouse named "Mr Jingles" his books seem to have a way of getting a person so into the Characters head and growing to love them- And he always knows how to make you repulsed at the bad ones. I loved it. It was a wonderfully made movie- But somehow it didn't compare to me to "The Shawshank Redemption" If Shawshank would have gotten the attention it deserved- It would have won hands down over Forrest Gump. I loved the movie and the hope it provided. I have to say I liked it better. heidi

YOUTH NEED ADULTS AND GREEN MILE GOOD TEACHING FILM.
Subject: I can't stop talking about it!
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 11:12:07 -0500
From: Jon Price JPrice@stfrancispotomac.org

I would first like to comment on the idea that this movie would have an adverse affect on young people. I am a youth pastor, and I am tired of hearing people try to put the blame of youth violence on movies and music. Yes, I do agree that these things (not this movie) do have a motivating factor, but the blame should be put on us as adults. The answer isn't to sit and condemn our culture, but instead we should be equipping young people to be discerning (Christ was not against the culture, he was in the culture). We as adults need to be involved in young people's lives! If they had caring adults in their lives, who helped them process things like movies and music, I believe we would not be having this discussion. How many of you who condemn what our young people do are in a mentoring relationship, or volunteer in your Church's youth ministry? Many of you would say that young people should not see this film. I disagree. Just because a film has an R rating doesn't mean you should not go see it. I believe that many PG-13 rated films are sometimes worse than many R rated films. Our young people aren't naive. They hear language much worse than what was in the movie, every day. I would go as far as to say that we should encourage young people to go see this movie. What a powerful tool for explaining the gospel! People connect with movies, especially young people. It's one of their favorite hobbies. We need to use this to our advantage (just like Paul did in Athens). If you believe that God is sovereign, then you believe that He can even use an R RATED movie to bring people into a relationship with him. Here is an example. As I was leaving the movie, I was listening to a group of young people discuss what they had just seen. One girl didn't like it (she was still crying minutes after the movie was over). When asked why by her friends, she said: "I don't understand why he had to die." If I had known this girl, it would have been very easy for me to talk to her about a God that loved her so much that he died for her. If that doesn't convince you, start asking non-believers what they thought of the movie, and I bet they will open the door for you to share with them a story that is even better than the one they saw on the screen! Now that I'm off my soap box, I have some of the same questions that B.J. has. Would you please post your response, or write me?

In His Service,
Jon Price
-You may post my email address. I would like to dialogue about this subject.

My response: Yes, yes, yes!

SOME INSIGHTS INTO COFFEY AND PERCY
Subject: More on Green Mile
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000
From: VCL

In response to BJ, I heard the statement as "He killed them with THEIR love for each other." And I believe he was indeed referring to the murder of the two little girls. The murderer (I won't identify him for those who have yet to see the movie) threatened each with harm to her sister if they told or cried out, so their love for each other kept them from getting help, caused them to cooperate and thus got them killed. That was my interpretation. I also believe Coffey was especially hurt by this because instead of using their fleshly desire for self-preservation, the murderer used their love -- the ultimate perversion.

I loved this movie too. But I have to say I'm with Mike Craig on the transfer of evil (or "disease") from John Coffey to the guard. Coffey deliberately held it until he was near Percy. I can't see Jesus doing that or endorsing it either. (Incidently, a more conservative Christian review indicated that an "evil supporting character receives his just punishment.") Was it just, if it was meted out by Coffey rather than God. Was it Coffey's call to make? After all vengeance is God's.
BTW -- as much as I like Tom Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan in this movie, I think Doug Hutchinson, who played Percy was absolutely fabulous. He's not a good guy -- but he plays Percy's weasel-iness to utter perfection. I hope he gets some acting nods as the award season progresses.

From: VLC
(please don't post my e-mail address)
My response: JC is a Christ figure, but the story is not a retelling of the life of Jesus -although, it comes close. Therefore, JC is not a Jesus figure. There is a difference between a Christ figure and a Jesus figure. JC is very Christ-like and shares similarities to Jesus Christ. JC's actions in the film do not always seem as though he is in control. There seems to be a Divine presence working through him. It is as though God is using him as a vehicle for both compassion and justice. Here is God as both the Merciful Healer, and as Final Judge. And indeed God is both.

SOME RESERVATIONS ABOUT GREEN MILE
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999
From: Debbi

My husband and I are going to see this movie Friday. After reading the reviews I was ready to see it without reservation until I read the last letter from Dorothy. Then I read your response.......what to do? Well, with some reservation we will go to see it, but like Dorothy it has been a LONG time since I have seen an R-rated movie. I will let you know what I think about it this weekend, Y2K permitting!!!!! ;)
Debbi
My response: So, Debbi, how was it?

GREEN MILE HAS STRONG CHRIST FIGURE
Subject:JCoffey is more JChrist than you think.
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999
From: BJ

First of all, OUTSTANDING MOVIE! Simply incredible. And to the woman who posted a comment that it was too violent and was an example of a cause of highschool shootings, please. From one Christian to another that sort of comment simply makes us look out of touch with the rest of society and appear as if we want to hide from the evils of the world instead of deal with them. I do think your horror was sincere, but the sins that Christ died for were not pretty either, they still aren't. How reach out to those in the darkness (heck how can we reach oursleves) if we aren't willing to get a little "darkness" on ourselves to reach them. Christ was not afraid of mixing with the sinners. Dorothy you sound very much like a Pharisee who was appalled when he heard that Jesus was hanging out with "tax collectors and prostitutes". I agree, do some independent thinking.

On to the movie. I agree so strongly that JCoffey is obviously a Christ figure that I have noticed a couple of similarities still left out. When aked by Paul Edgcomb if he wants to help him escape, JCoffey's response is surprising and perfect. He wants to die, wants to return, to leave this earth, because the pain of OTHER people is too strong to bear ("like shards of glass in my head"), hence the constant mourning for others, not for himself or for his own fate. This is a clear conection to Christ in that modern desires to die almost always only stem from an intense personal pain, not a pain felt for others. He does show a hint of a human side in his nervousness and as he sings "heaven..I'm in heaven.." before the switch is thrown. This corralates well when Christ himself calls out to his father while on the cross ("heaven") and also when he prayed beforehand in the garden.

There are still several other connections I have seen. But because this is already long I have a question that is nagging me in this film that perhaps someone could shed some light on. "It happens everyday, Paul. He kills them with his love." This statement, or a paraphrase of it, is made on more than one occasion by JCoffey. What does it mean? Is the "He" here capitolized, meaning of course, God. Or is the he incidental meaning a third person singular nuetar. Is this statement in direct reference to the horrible murder and rape of the two little girls by Billy "the Kid"? I tend to think it must be because JC throws the statement in there both times describing the murder. And also he uses, almost in reference it seems, to the deal with the girls that Billy made "if you love your sister you won't tell..." . Which is also the opening of the movie. What does it mean?? I am baffled. All of my possible theory's can too easily have holes punched in them. Please respond. Also, I am on my sister-in-law's computer, so this is not my email address.

My email is ABJStrawser@xxxxx please feel free to respond directly to me or post a response. Again, an excellent movie and WONDERFUL acting by several very talented actors.
-BJ.

My response: The killer used sisterly love as a tool for his hideous crime. I agree with VLC (above)

JUST LIKE JESUS
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999
From: Mike Craig

Ironically my wife and I were just finishing teaching a Sunday school class centered around Max Lucado's book "Just Like Jesus" when I viewed the movie. The next to the last chapter of the book deals with the enduring heart of Jesus. Imagine on His last day on earth, Jesus was deserted by all His earthly friends, had not had His prayers answered by the Father, and had been betrayed by one of his closest associates. Lucado notes that He may have even heard such remarks as "See what happens to evil men" from parents to their children as He struggled by. Yet He endured.

It seems that John had an enduring heart as well. Even though he knew he was on the way to his crucifixion, he still performed his mission without complaint. He heard the angry cry of "Hope you die twice." He endured. At least he had a loving shake of the hand at the end.

I am still perplexed by the transfer of evil from the mouth of John to the mouth of Percy with the resulting murder and insanity. Would Jesus do such a thing? I believe He never would. Or did I miss something?

Mike Craig

My response: JC is a Christ figure not a Jesus figure. You are right, there are differences. See above comment to VLC.

ABOUT THE LAST 10 TO 15 MINUTES
Subject: hopelessness...
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999
From: Ethen

Agreed- incredible movie about miraculous goodness in death row. The movie was a very good depiction of self-sacrifice for the pursuit of kindness. One major complaint, however, is the hopeless note that the movie ends on. Was it intentional for JCoffey to curse Paul Edgecomb with this meaningless extended life? Perhaps if Edgecomb had found purpose in longevity, rather than despair, the movie would have been a more accurate analogy to the "life abundant" that JChrist provides. I also agree that spiritual analogies can be applied to more of the movie, and would recommend this movie highly, although the quality of the story would have been ultimately higher without the last 10-15 minutes.
Ethan
efro21@icqmail.com

PREACHER SAYS FANTASTIC!
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999
From: Rev Benny

Fantastic!! This was a superb movie. I did think the language a little raw, but sad to say that's the way of movies these days. I thought the portrayal of good and evil was extremely well done. As a Baptist pastor I think the religious overtones in the picture were well made. It was the classic battle of good versus evil. However, I did leave the theatre wondering if good really won out in the end (speaking of Edgecomb's curse). This is a MUST see!!
-Rev. Benny E. Anthony
Ft. Myers, FL

INCREDIBLE!
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999
From: Rodney

I must say this was one of the best movies I had seen in a long time. I did not check hollywoodjesus until after seeing the movie. I was struck by the clear message of kindness and care for one another. As to the graphic nature of the electrocution, I felt it was very realistic and appropriate for the film. When I finally drew the parallel of Christ's horrific death to that of the terrible execution depicted in the film, I feel that the graphic nature is even more appropriate. The roman crusafixtion was the most diabolical and painful type of death ever invented. I ended up almost in tears during this movie when i realized that the fear and horror these men were facing was the same our savior had to face on the way to the cross. In reflection i now see another of the charachters as types of biblical charachters including... Paul as Potious Pilot or the chief Roman soldier who proclaimed that Christ was the son of God.
I see this story as a powerful story, as many old testemant stories were types of Christ. I am not saying that there were not things in this movie that I would not recommend children to see, but to discering adults I feel this movie could revive some cold hearts as to the great cost J.C. (Jesus Christ) paid for us to restore and heal our sinful state

GREEN IS GOOD
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999
From: Brandon

I felt this movie was very good. Yes the language in the movie is a little extreme, but the overall feel of the movie is wholesome. The film does not promote evil in anyway, but it seems to bring about themes of redemption. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 star. Three thumbs up, just don't take your kids to see it.

GREAT PICTURE OF CHRIST
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999
From: Shane Fuller

This movie was a great picture of Christ. John Coffey (JC) was meek and mild, and no one could see a real hero in him. No one would have chosen him to be great or remembered. The guards were slowly but surely convinced that something was different about this man. They believed! It was almost like the guards were his apostles. They knew the truth. The execution of JC was powerful. People mocked and jeered and yet the men that were closest to him really knew he was innocent. Hardened prison guards were brought to tears because of the life of this one man who humbly accepted the execution that should have been for someone else. He even asked for forgiveness and was humbled to the point of death. In John Coffey we see a true Christ figure who had powers from on high and died in the place of another. This movie is a great representation of Jesus Christ and the life that He lived so that you and I might truly have life abundantly!
-Shane Fuller

SAD DISSAPOINTMENT
Date:Sat, 11 Dec 1999
From: Dorothy

We have not been to an "R" rated movie in a very long time however in viewing the advertisements and seeing Tom Hanks in it we felt it would be a good movie.. How horribly wrong we were - with the course graphic humor I was so totally offended I almost left the theatre more than once. My husband enjoyed the story but felt it could have been portrayed without so much graphic violence. As for me I do not plan to ever see another R rated movie and I am dissappointed in Tom Hanks. I firmly believe our total culture and especially our youth are becoming numb to this sort of thing it isn't real...hence the school shootings. Hollywood must bear a good portion of this responsibility. Our youth are like the frog in the boiling water...... they are being acclimated to the "hot" water and don't even realize they will soon boil to death... how very sad I feel... please do not use my email address..Dorothy
My response: Dorothy, if this kind of film bothers you, then, yes, stay away from such films. Good decision. However, did we see the same film? Graphic Violence? The ONLY violence in the film is the electric chair. I fail to see where this leads to school shootings. Darabout was very restraint. Your argument sounds like the party line, I would encourage you to do some indepentant thinking. Express your own original ideas. For me, this film is about acts of loving kindness in the midst of death row.

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