The Green Mile

The Green Mile quotes

37 total quotes (ID: 255)

John Coffey
Major cast
Paul Edgecomb
Wild Bill


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


[Feeding a slow but still active Mr. Jingles, Paul tells Elaine about the consequences of John's gift.] Elaine Connelly: He infected you with life?
Old Paul Edgecombe: That's as good a word as any.

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.

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.

Why, they's angels. Angels just like up in heaven. [Repeated throughout the film]

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

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

John Coffey, just like the drink, but not spelled the same.

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

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.

James Cromwell — Warden Hal Moores

Tom Hanks — Paul Edgecombe

Michael Clarke Duncan — John Coffey

Doug Hutchison — Percy Wetmore

Jeffrey DeMunn — Harry Terwilliger