The Green Mile (1999) quotes

Director
Frank Darabont.

Cast
Tom Hanks.
Michael Clarke Duncan.
David Morse.

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
Paul Edgecomb
You tell God the Father it was a kindness you done. I know you hurtin’ and worryin’, I can feel it on you, but you oughta quit on it now. Because I want it over and done. I do. I’m tired, boss. Tired of bein’ on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we’s coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?
John Coffey
Yes, John. I think I can.
Paul Edgecomb

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

He kill them wi’ their love. Wi’ their love fo’ each other. That’s how it is, every day, all over the world.
– John Coffey

Please boss, don’t put that thing over my face, don’t put me in the dark. I’s afraid of the dark.
– John Coffey

What’s your name?
Melinda Moores
John Coffey, ma’am.
John Coffey
Like the drink, only not spelled the same.
Melinda Moores
No, ma’am. Not spelt the same at all.
John Coffey

People hurt the ones they love. That’s how it is all around the world.
John Coffey

I just can’t see God putting a gift like that in the hands of a man who would kill a child.
– Paul Edgecomb

You know, I fell asleep this afternoon and had me a dream. I dreamed about Del’s mouse.
John Coffey
Did you, John?
Paul Edgecomb
I dreamed he got down to that place Boss Howell talked about, that Mouseville place. I dreamed there was kids, and how they laughed at his tricks! My! I dreamed those two little blonde-headed girls were there. They ‘us laughing, too. I put my arms around ’em and sat ’em on my knees, and there ‘us no blood comin’ outta their hair and they ‘us fine. We all watch Mr. Jingles roll that spool, and how we did laugh. Fit to bust, we was.
John Coffey

Do you believe that if a man repents enough for what he done wrong, than he’ll get to go back to the time that was happiest for him and live there forever? Could that be what heaven’s like?
Arlen Bitterbuck
I just about believe that very thing.
Paul Edgecomb
I had a young wife when I was eighteen. We spent the summer in the mountains, made love every night. After we would talk sometimes till the sun came up, and she’d lay there, bare breasted in the fire light… that was my best time.
Arlen Bitterbuck

You can’t hide what’s in your hear.
–┬áJohn Coffey

I dreamed of you. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark, and so was I. We found each other. We found each other in the dark.
– Melinda Moores