History YMMV / TheGreenMile

12th Nov '16 6:07:15 PM nombretomado
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* FridgeHorror: If John Coffey's statement, he can feel the ugliness the world over is intended to be taken literally, he can feel [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler something very ugly going on in 1935 Germany]]. To say nothing of [[JosefStalin Stalin]]'s Russia, and the Empire of Japan's conquest of the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Or he just feels it [[HumansAreBastards constantly]].

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* FridgeHorror: If John Coffey's statement, he can feel the ugliness the world over is intended to be taken literally, he can feel [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler something very ugly going on in 1935 Germany]]. To say nothing of [[JosefStalin [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin]]'s Russia, and the Empire of Japan's conquest of the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Or he just feels it [[HumansAreBastards constantly]].
8th Nov '16 6:01:41 PM Clown-Face
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8th Nov '16 6:01:40 PM Clown-Face
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* CompleteMonster: William "Wild Bill" Wharton is a PsychopathicManchild awaiting execution at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary for murdering three people in an armed robbery, one of whom was a pregnant woman. When he first appears in the prison he manages to convince the guards he's in a drugged stupor, only to attempt to strangle Dean Stanton to death when his guard was down. Failing in that, Wild Bill contents himself with causing as much mischief as he can before his eventual execution. Eventually it comes to light that Wild Bill's worst known crime was the rape and murder of the two little girls that John Coffey is accused of killing. In order to stop the girls from calling for help, he told them that if one of them screams, [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure it's her sister that he'd kill.]]

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* CompleteMonster: [[AxCrazy William "Wild Bill" Wharton Wharton]] is a PsychopathicManchild awaiting execution at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary for murdering three people in an armed robbery, one of whom was a pregnant woman. When he first appears in the prison he manages to convince the guards he's in a drugged stupor, only to attempt to strangle Dean Stanton to death when his guard was down. Failing in that, Wild Bill contents himself with causing as much mischief as he can before his eventual execution. Eventually it comes to light that Wild Bill's worst known crime was the [[WouldHurtAChild rape and murder of the two little girls girls]] that John Coffey is accused of killing. In order to stop the girls from calling for help, he told them that if one of them screams, [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure it's her sister that he'd kill.]]
5th Jul '16 1:00:38 PM lady_peaseblossom
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** What Wild Bill did to the two girls, physically and emotionally. ("If you make noise, it's your sister I kill, not you.")

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** What Wild Bill did to the two girls, physically and emotionally. ("If you make noise, [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure it's your sister I kill, not you.")]]")
22nd May '16 2:22:33 AM Ramona122003
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* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Turning the novel into a serial helped make things more bearable for King, who was in the midst of writing ''Literature/{{Desperation}}'' (and raising Richard Bachmann from the dead to write ''Literature/TheRegulators'') at the time.
8th Apr '16 12:02:55 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* CompleteMonster: William "Wild Bill" Wharton is a PsychopathicManchild awaiting execution at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary for murdering three people in an armed robbery, one of whom was a pregnant woman. When he first appears in the prison he manages to convince the guards he's in a drugged stupor, only to attempt to strangle Dean Stanton to death when his guard was down. Failing in that, Wild Bill contents himself with causing as much mischief as he can before his eventual execution. Eventually it comes to light that Wild Bill's worst known crime was the rape and murder of the two little girls that John Coffey is accused of killing. In order to stop the girls from calling for help, he told them that if one of them screams, it's her sister that he'd kill.

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* CompleteMonster: William "Wild Bill" Wharton is a PsychopathicManchild awaiting execution at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary for murdering three people in an armed robbery, one of whom was a pregnant woman. When he first appears in the prison he manages to convince the guards he's in a drugged stupor, only to attempt to strangle Dean Stanton to death when his guard was down. Failing in that, Wild Bill contents himself with causing as much mischief as he can before his eventual execution. Eventually it comes to light that Wild Bill's worst known crime was the rape and murder of the two little girls that John Coffey is accused of killing. In order to stop the girls from calling for help, he told them that if one of them screams, [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure it's her sister that he'd kill. kill.]]
11th Feb '16 12:05:49 PM Cakeman
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** Coffey.

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** Coffey.John Coffey. He feels that he lives in a world that is full of too much pain and suffering. As such, he considers his inevitable execution to be a MercyKill.
3rd Sep '15 8:14:17 PM Angeldeb82
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The look of absolute horror on Percy's face after Coffey pushes the "disease" into his mouth, and the tear that rolls down his face just before he shoots Wharton could theoretically indicate that, rather than John forcing him to shoot Wharton, Coffey used the contact to show Percy everything Wharton had done. Percy, a small, sniveling, vicious, cowardly man was so broken by seeing true evil that he not only had to seek immediate retribution on Wharton, but spent the rest of his life catatonic from sorrow at just how evil the real bad guys could be. Look at his face during Del's execution. Can he not watch it because of how gruesome it is, or because he honestly didn't think it would be that bad and was having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The look of absolute horror on Percy's face after Coffey pushes the "disease" into his mouth, and the tear that rolls down his face just before he shoots Wharton could theoretically indicate that, rather than John forcing him to shoot Wharton, Coffey used the contact to show Percy everything Wharton had done. Percy, a small, sniveling, vicious, cowardly man was so broken by seeing true evil that he not only had to seek immediate retribution on Wharton, but spent the rest of his life catatonic from sorrow at just how evil the real bad guys could be. Look at his face during Del's execution. Can he not watch it because of how gruesome it is, or because he honestly didn't think it would be that bad and was having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" moment?



* FauxSymbolism



** [[MemeticMolester Wharton]] [[spoiler:doesn't like just little girls... he also likes annoying [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] like Percy Wetmore.]]

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** [[MemeticMolester Wharton]] [[spoiler:doesn't like just little girls... he also likes annoying [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] {{jerkass}}es like Percy Wetmore.]]



* OlderThanTheyThink: Believe it or not, this film (or novel, rather) borrows the plot from the ''Series/AmazingStories'' episode, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVQjQxcDFs Life on Death Row]]", except that near the end of that episode [[spoiler:the executed magical inmate is brought BackFromTheDead with help from the friends he has healed]].



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic



*** Del is slightly more Woobie-ish in the book. As well as the main event, King also describes the minutes before Del's execution. [[spoiler:He hugs Brother Schuster, the priest, who agreed to pray with him in Cajun French. While Del cries throughout the prayer, he's also visibly comforted and by the end, feels that he's right with God. Despite the horrific crime he committed, Del is still (well, [[CaptainObvious YMMV]]) one of the more likeable characters.]]

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*** Del is slightly more Woobie-ish in the book. As well as the main event, King also describes the minutes before Del's execution. [[spoiler:He hugs Brother Schuster, the priest, who agreed to pray with him in Cajun French. While Del cries throughout the prayer, he's also visibly comforted and by the end, feels that he's right with God. Despite the horrific crime he committed, Del is still (well, [[CaptainObvious YMMV]]) one of the more likeable likable characters.]]
9th Jul '15 10:17:30 AM embala
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** While Harry Dean Stanton does show up for some other scenes, he only has any real lines in one scene, which ends up being a major Crowning Moment of Funny.

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** While Harry Dean Stanton does show up for some other scenes, he only has any real lines in [[LargeHam one scene, scene]], which ends up being a major Crowning Moment of Funny.
7th Jun '15 11:56:22 AM pisacrap
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* HarsherInHindsight: Now that Michael Clarke Duncan and Michael Jeter are no longer with us...
** Percy's constant homophobic slurs to Delacroix can be this for people who know that Michael Jeter was gay in RealLife.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Now that Michael Clarke Duncan and Michael Jeter are no longer with us...
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Percy's constant homophobic slurs to Delacroix can be this for people who know that Michael Jeter was gay in RealLife.
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