Lightning didn't exactly strike twice when Darabont directed this follow-up to "The Shawshank Redemption," another period prison drama by Stephen King. Paul Edgecomb (Hanks) is the decent head guard at Louisiana's Cold Mountain Penitentiary in 1935. He works E block, which is death row (title refers to the color of the floor). Among his prisoners is hulking black man John Coffey (Duncan), whose intimidating size belies a sweet nature. And something else--it seems Coffey has the power to heal. Overlong and watching the executions takes a strong stomach; characters are more symbols than human beings.
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Running time 187 minutes.
Broadcast Film Critics 1999: Adapt. Screenplay, Support. Actor (Duncan).
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