Dean Stanton: What did you do?
John Coffey: I helped Del's mouse become a circus mouse, and go to that place Boss Howell was talking about down in...
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: Florida?
John Coffey: Yes. Boss Percy bad. He mean. He stepped on Del's mouse. I took it back though.

I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.

Old Paul Edgecomb

They usually call death row the Last Mile, but we called ours the Green Mile, because the floor was the color of faded lime. We had the electric chair then. Old Sparky, we called it. I've lived a lot of years, Ellie, but 1935 takes the prize. That was the year I had the worst urinary infection of my life. That was also the year of John Coffey and the two dead girls.

Old Paul Edgecomb

Do you leave a light on after bedtime? Because I get a little scared in the dark sometimes. If it's a strange place.

John Coffey

The man is mean, careless, and stupid. Bad combination in a place like this.

Paul Edgecomb

Paul Edgecomb: Men under strain can snap. Hurt themselves. Hurt others. That's why our job is talking, not yelling. You'll do better to think of this place like an intensive care ward in a hospital.
Percy Wetmore: I think of it as a bucket of piss to drown rats in. That's all. Anybody doesn't like it can kiss my ass.

Brutus "Brutal" Howell: [at mock execution] Arlen Bitterbuck, you have been condemned to die by a jury of your peers, sentence imposed by a judge in good standing in this state. Do you have anything to say before the sentence is carried out?
Toot-Toot: [gleefully] Yeah! I want a fried chicken dinner with gravy on the taters, I want to shit in your hat, and I got to have Mae West sit on my face, because I am one horny motherfucker!

Paul Edgecomb: What do you want, John Coffey?
John Coffey: Just to help.

Paul Edgecomb: What did you do, big boy? What did you do to me?
John Coffey: I helped it. Didn't I help it?
Paul Edgecomb: Yes, but... how?
John Coffey: [shrugs] Just took it back, is all. Awful tired now, boss. Dog tired.

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

Paul Edgecomb

Paul Edgecomb: John, do you know where we're taking you?
John Coffey: Help a lady?
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: That's right. But how do you know?
John Coffey: Don't know. To tell the truth, Boss, I don't know much'o anything.

Melinda Moores: Why do you have so many scars? Who hurt you so badly?
John Coffey: Don't hardly remember, ma'am.

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The Green Mile Quotes

William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: Barbecue, me and you! Stinky pinky, pew, pew! Or dilly, Jilly, Hilly or Bob! It was a french-fried Cajun named Delacroix!
Paul Edgecomb: You are about ten seconds away from spending the rest of your life in the padded room!

I think this boy's cheese has done slid off his cracker.

Bill Dodge