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Heartwarming / The Green Mile

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"Look Boss, it's Cassie, the old lady in the rocking chair!"
  • In an odd way, the exchange between Percy and Brutal after Arlen's execution qualifies. As depressing as it is to spend your life working as an executioner, it's pretty damn heartwarming that Brutal still has enough heart to think of the prisoners under his charge as human beings, and that he actually cares enough about them to speak up when someone takes joy in killing them.
    Percy: Adios, Chief. Drop us a card from hell, let us know if it's hot enough.
    Brutal: He's paid what he owed. He's square with the house again, so keep your goddamn hands off him!
  • During John's execution Paul is willing to let John go without the hood because John is afraid of the dark.
  • The guards' friendship with John in general. They take him to see a movie, something he's always wanted to do, the day before his execution. And as John stands before the electric chair feeling the hatred from the parents of the girls he was accused of killing, Brutal tells him to focus on how he and the others feel about him.
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  • John getting in on The Mouseville hoax after saving Del's mouse.
  • John watching the "flicker show", seeing Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing cheek to cheek in Top Hat; even the nice symbolic touch of the camera slowly tightening on John's face, with the light from the film projector creating the illusion of heavenly rays behind his head.
    John: Why, they's angels. Angels, just like up in Heaven.
    • Even more heartwarming when most of the Mile Guards are sitting with him. If not for the fact that it took place in death row, you'd think the group were just taking their friend to the movies. Made even more touching when Toot, who's mostly sarcastic and joking around during execution rehearsal is working the projector.
  • When John is in the execution room, he's confronted by the audience. Among them, is the parents of the girls that were murdered. Brutal figures out he's empathically feeling their hate and helps him through it.
    John Coffey: There's lotsa people here that hate me, lots. I can feel it. It's like bees stingin' me.
    Brutal: Well feel how we feel then. We don't hate you. Can you feel that?
  • The entire plot to help Melinda Moores. Paul even muses, in the book, about how John Coffey must know that "in the normal course of things, [Hal Moores] would pick up a pen and sign [Coffey's] death warrant." Coffey saves her anyway.
    Melinda Moores: I dreamed of you. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark, and so was I. And we found each other. We found each other in the dark.
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  • Reverend Schuster, the pastor who comes down to Cold Mountain to pray with and comfort the condemned before they walk, is a Heartwarming Moment all by himself. Like Paul Edgecombe, the Reverend sees and respects the humanity of the condemned, and works hard to give them comfort and dignity in their final hours. When he prays in Cajun French with Delacroix, it comforts the prisoner profoundly.
  • Paul keeping Mr. Jingles, just like Del wanted him to.
  • The friendship between Del and John is pretty heartwarming as they treat each other with an equal amount of respect, John shares his cornbread with him and Mr Jingles as well as resurrecting Mr Jingles after Percy kills the mouse. Del is very civil with John, has a lot of respect towards him and tells John that he can look after Mr Jingles during Del's execution.
  • In a sadistic way, when Percy proclaimed that he was having fun by spooking and bullying Del, he was instantly grabbed and groped by Wild Bill who made Percy wet himself out of fear and then afterwards proclaiming that he was having fun. It may have been the only time where Wild Bill actually helped someone get revenge and both men were actually having fun mocking Percy afterwards.
  • Del immediately calling for help when he sees John grab Paul, showing a genuine concern for Paul's life.


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