The Green Mile

The Green Mile quotes

37 total quotes (ID: 255)

John Coffey
Major cast
Paul Edgecomb
Wild Bill


A big man is ripping your ears off Percy. I'd do as he says.


That man is mean and careless and stupid, and that's a bad combination in a place like this. Sooner or later, he's gonna get somebody hurt, or worse.

[singing/sobbing] Heaven… I'm in heaven… heaven… [Coffey is entraced watching Astaire and Rogers dancing "Cheek to Cheek" in Top Hat.]

(Singing) Bar-be-QUE! Me and you! Stinky-pinky, fue-fue-fue! Wen't Billy, Jilly, Hilly or Pa! It was a french-fried cajon named Delacroix! WOO!

[The day after Coffey cures Edgecombe's urinary infection, Edgecombe brings Coffey some cornbread.] Paul Edgecombe: It's from my missus. She wanted to… thank you.
John Coffey: Thank me for what?
Paul Edgecombe: Well, you know. [looks around, then whispers] For helping me.
John Coffey: Helpin' you with what?
Paul Edgecombe: You know.
[Edgecomb looks down and points to his groin.]
John Coffey: Ohhhhh. Was your missus pleased?
Paul Edgecombe: Several times.

[Terwilliger out the foolishness of taking convicted murderer Coffey out of prison.] Harry Terwilliger: Now, w-what if he escapes? I'd hate to lose my job or go to… prison… but I'd hate worse to have a dead child on my conscience.
Paul Edgecombe: I don't think that's gonna happen. In fact… I don't think he did it at all. I do not see… God putting a… a gift like that in the hands of a man that'd kill a child.

[Percy, staring vacantly, is unresponsive after his final debacle with Wild Bill.] Bill Dodge: Son, can ya hear me?
Sheriff McGee: Speak up if you can hear us.
Bill Dodge: I think this boy's cheese slid off his cracker

I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not. Usually death row was called "The Last Mile". We called ours "The Green Mile" - the floor was the color of faded limes. We had the electric chair, "Old Sparky" we called it. Oh, I've lived a lot of years, Ellie, but 1935 - that takes the prize. That year I had the worst urinary infection of my life, and… that was… that was also the year of… John Coffey and… the two dead girls.

[Repeated line] What happens on the mile stays on the mile. Always has.

I've done some things in my life I'm not proud of, but this is the first time I've ever felt in real danger of hell.

[Edgecomb talks to Warden Moores about sadistic guard Percy.]

And you, Elaine. You'll die, too. And my curse… is knowing that I'll be there to see it. It's my torment, you see. It's my punishment for lettin' John Coffey ride the lightnin'. For killin' a miracle of God. … You'll be gone like all the others, and I'll have to stay. Oh, I'll die eventually — of that I'm sure. I have no illusions of immortality. But I will have wished for death… long before death finds me. In truth, I wish for it already.

We each owe a death — there are no exceptions — but, oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long.

And I think about all of us. Walking our own green mile; each in our own time.

[Coffey thinks of Top Hat as he's being strapped to the electric chair.]