Noah Baumbach is an American filmmaker. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Squid and the Whale and is known for making dramatic comedies, he has written and directed the films Frances Ha, While We're Young, Mistress America, The Meyerowitz Stories. Baumbach, the third of four siblings, was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of novelist and film critic Jonathan Baumbach and The Village Voice critic Georgia Brown, he graduated from Brooklyn's Midwood High School in 1987 and received his BA in English from Vassar College in 1991. Soon after, he worked as a messenger at The New Yorker, his father was Jewish. Baumbach made his writing and directing debut at the age of 26 with Kicking and Screaming in 1995, a comedy about four young men who graduate from college and refuse to move on with their lives; the film starred Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott and premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival. Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweek's "Ten New Faces of 1996".
In 1997 he wrote and directed Mr. Jealousy, a film about a young writer so jealous about his girlfriend that he sneaks into the group therapy sessions of her ex-boyfriend to discover what kind of relationship they had, he co-wrote and directed the New York-set comedy of manners Highball. He co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou with Wes Anderson, his 2005 film The Squid and the Whale was a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about his childhood in Brooklyn and the effect of his parents' divorce on the family in the mid-1980s. The film stars Jeff Laura Linney in the parent roles. In an interview with author Jonathan Lethem in BOMB Magazine, Baumbach said of the film, "Sometimes when I think about the whole experience of this, it starts to become a joke within a joke within a joke; the film is not only inspired by my childhood and my parents’ divorce, but it was the first script I didn't show to my parents while I was working on it. It's not. I just wanted to keep it my own experience." The Squid and the Whale was a sleeper hit and a critical success, earning Baumbach two awards at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
It received six Independent Spirit Award nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review all voted it the year’s best screenplay. Baumbach wrote and directed the 2007 comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding, starring his wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and John Turturro. In the film, Kidman plays a woman named Margot who spends several days visiting her sister Pauline on the eve of Pauline's wedding to Black's character, it was May 2006 in Hampton Bays and City Island, Bronx. The film was released in the United States by Paramount Vantage on November 16, 2007. Baumbach helped to write and direct the short films Clearing the Air and New York Underground which aired on Saturday Night Live; the films were co-produced by cast-members Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. New York Underground featured Hader as a British rock journalist doing a piece on quirky underground musician Joshua Rainhorne.
Clearing the Air featured Hader and Paul Rudd trying to clear the air over a girl they all slept with. Both pieces aired on SNL in the fall of 2008. Baumbach co-wrote the screenplay for the 2009 film version of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox with Wes Anderson, who directed it using stop-motion technology, his film Greenberg was released March 2010, was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2012, Baumbach directed the comedic drama Frances Ha, which he co-wrote with Greta Gerwig, who starred; the film played at the Toronto International Film Festival. Baumbach has "shown an affinity for writing about the East Coast elite." Baumbach has written an adaptation of Curtis Sittenfeld's novel Prep. He co-wrote a screenplay for DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, he worked on HBO's adaptation of the Jonathan Franzen novel The Corrections, but the pilot was never completed and HBO passed on the project. Baumbach wrote and directed the 2014 comedy-drama While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried.
A24 Films released the film on March 27, 2015, the film went on to gross more than all of Baumbach's previous films in the United States box office. He directed and co-wrote the 2015 comedy Mistress America, starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke; the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released to general audiences on August 14. That same year he presented De Palma, a documentary about filmmaker Brian De Palma that he co-directed with Jake Paltrow, it premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. His latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories, was released in 2017 by Netflix; the film stars Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson. In September 2013, it was reported that Baumbach is secretly directing at DreamWorks Animation an animated feature film adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's book series, Flawed Dogs. Variety and other sites reported that Baumbach is working on a Netflix film starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern. Baumbach met actress Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2001.
The couple married on September 2, 2005. They have one son. Leigh filed for divorce from Baumbach on November 15, 2010, in Los Angeles, cit
Sense and Sensibility (film)
Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British-American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and stars as Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet plays Elinor's younger sister Marianne; the story follows the Dashwood sisters, members of a wealthy English family of landed gentry, as they must deal with circumstances of sudden destitution. They are forced to seek financial security through marriage. Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman play their respective suitors; the film was released on December 1995, in the United States. Producer Lindsay Doran, a longtime admirer of Austen's novel, hired Thompson to write the screenplay, who spent five years drafting numerous revisions, continually working on the script between other films as well as into production of the film itself. Studios were nervous that Thompson – a first-time screenwriter – was the credited writer, but Columbia Pictures agreed to distribute the film. Though intending to have another actress portray Elinor, Thompson was persuaded to take the role.
Thompson's screenplay exaggerated the Dashwood family's wealth to make their scenes of poverty more apparent to modern audiences. It altered the traits of the male leads to make them more appealing to contemporary viewers. Elinor and Marianne's different characteristics invented scenes. Lee was selected as director, both due to his work in the 1993 film The Wedding Banquet and because Doran believed he would help the film appeal to a wider audience. Lee was given a budget of $16 million. A commercial success, earning $135 million worldwide, the film garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews upon release and received many accolades, including three awards and eleven nominations at the 1995 British Academy Film Awards, it earned seven Academy Awards nominations, including for Best Best Actress. Thompson received the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, becoming the only person to have won Academy Awards for both acting and screenwriting. Sense and Sensibility contributed to a resurgence in popularity for Austen's works, has led to many more productions in similar genres.
It persists in being recognised as one of the best Austen adaptations of all time. On his deathbed, Mr. Dashwood tells his son from his first marriage, John, to take care of his second wife and three daughters, Elinor and Margaret, since they will inherit nothing. John promises to do so. John's greedy and snobbish wife Fanny convinces him to give his half sisters nothing financially. Fanny invites her brother Edward Ferrars. Elinor and Edward soon form a close friendship, but Fanny tells Mrs. Dashwood that Edward would be disinherited if he married someone of no importance with no money. Sir John Middleton, Mrs. Dashwood's cousin, offers her a small cottage house on his estate, Barton Park in Devonshire, she and her daughters are frequent guests at Barton Park. The Dashwoods meet the older Colonel Brandon. However, Marianne considers him incapable of inspiring it in another. One afternoon, Marianne slips and falls in the rain, she is carried home with whom Marianne falls in love. They spend a great deal of time together, but on the morning she expects him to propose marriage to her, he instead leaves hurriedly for London.
Sir John's mother-in-law, Mrs. Jennings, invites her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, to visit, they bring with them Lucy Steele. Lucy confides in Elinor. Mrs. Jennings takes Lucy and Marianne to London where they meet Willoughby at a ball, he greets Marianne uncomfortably and acknowledges their acquaintance, they soon learn he is engaged to the wealthy Miss Grey. Marianne becomes inconsolable. Colonel Brandon explains to Elinor that Willoughby seduced and abandoned his ward Beth, the illegitimate daughter of his former love; when Willoughby's aunt and benefactress Lady Allen learned of his behavior, she disinherited him and so he chose to marry for money. Lucy is invited to stay with Fanny. Lucy, believing she has a friend in Fanny, confides her clandestine engagement to Edward and is thrown out of the house. Edward's mother demands; when he refuses, she arranges to have his fortune transferred to Robert. On hearing this, Colonel Brandon offers Edward the parish on his estate, feeling sympathy for the unfortunate but honorable Edward.
On their way home to Devonshire and Marianne stop for the night at the country estate of the Palmers, who live near Willoughby's estate. Marianne becomes gravely ill walking in torrential rain. Colonel Brandon brings her home. Elinor stays at her side until she recovers, the sisters return home. Colonel Brandon and Marianne begin spending time together as Marianne has a new appreciation for him, she admits to Elinor that if Willoughby had chosen her, she was no longer convinced that love would have been enough to make him happy. The Dashwoods soon learn that Miss Steele has become Mrs. Ferrars and assume she is married to Edward; when Edward visits their house, they learn that Miss Steele jilted him in favor of his brother Robert. Edward marries Elinor. Edward becomes a vicar under the patronage of Colonel Brandon. Willoughby is seen watching their wedding from a distance, rides away. In 1989, Lindsay Doran, the new president of productio
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001 film)
The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir crime film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Featured are Tony Shalhoub, Scarlett Johansson, James Gandolfini, Coen regulars Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, Richard Jenkins and Jon Polito. Joel Coen won the Best Director Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen's brother and co-director of the film, did not receive the Best Director Award as he was not credited as a director; this was the last film to be produced and distributed by Gramercy Pictures until it was revived in 2015. In 1949, Ed Crane is a low-key barber in the town of California, he is married to Doris, a bookkeeper with a drinking problem, he works in a barber shop, owned by his brother-in-law, Frank. A customer named Creighton Tolliver tells Ed that he is a businessman looking for investors to put up $10,000 in a new technology called dry cleaning. Ed decides to collect money by anonymously blackmailing Doris's boss, "Big Dave" Brewster, whom he knows to be having an affair with Doris.
Dave embezzles money from his department store to pay the blackmail. However, he soon pieces together the scheme, beats Tolliver until he implicates Ed. Dave confronts Ed at the store and attempts to kill him, but Ed stabs Dave fatally with a cigar knife. After irregularities in the store's books are found, the police arrest Doris for embezzlement and Dave's murder. Ed is persuaded to hire Freddy Riedenschneider, a defense attorney from Sacramento, who arrives and takes up residence in the most expensive hotel in town, he proceeds to live lavishly on Doris's defense fund, which Frank obtained by mortgaging the barber shop. It is all for nothing, it is revealed that she was pregnant when she hanged herself, but had not had sex with Ed for many years. Riedenschneider leaves town, Frank, now in debt, starts drinking heavily. Ed makes regular visits to Rachel "Birdy" Abundas, a friend's teenage daughter, to hear her play the piano. Tormented by loneliness, he imagines becoming her manager; the fantasy is crushed.
Driving back from visiting the teacher, Birdy makes a pass at Ed and attempts to perform oral sex on him, causing Ed to lose control of the car and crash. Ed wakes up in two police officers arrest him for murder. Tolliver's beaten body has been found with Ed's investment contract; the police speculate that Ed coerced Doris into embezzling the investment money, when Tolliver found out, he was killed. Ed hires Riedenschneider for his defense. During Riedenschneider's opening statement, Frank attacks Ed, a mistrial is declared. With no means left for his defense, Ed throws himself on the mercy of the court; the tactic fails, the judge sentences him to death. While waiting on death row, Ed writes his story to sell to a pulp magazine. Shortly before his execution, Ed sees a UFO outside the jailhouse; as Ed is electrocuted, he reflects on his fate, regretting none of his decisions and hoping to see Doris in the afterlife, both of them free of the mortal world's imperfections. Billy Bob Thornton as Ed Crane Frances McDormand as Doris Crane Michael Badalucco as Frank Raffo Richard Jenkins as Walter Abundas Scarlett Johansson as Rachel "Birdy" Abundas Jon Polito as Creighton Tolliver Tony Shalhoub as Freddy Riedenschneider James Gandolfini as Big Dave Brewster Katherine Borowitz as Ann Nirdlinger Brewster Christopher Kriesa as Officer Persky Brian Haley as Officer Krebs Jack McGee as P.
I. Burns Jennifer Jason Leigh as female inmate The film was inspired by a poster that showed various haircuts from the 1940s; the film was well praised for its technique and performances. Billy Bob Thornton was praised in the role of Ed Crane. Richard Schickel for Time said that, "Affectlessness is not a quality much prized in movie protagonists, but Billy Bob Thornton, that splendid actor, does it as Ed Crane, a taciturn small-town barber, circa 1949." Jonathan Rosenbaum for the Chicago Reader said that "Joel and Ethan Coen stay true to their bent for dense heroes and neonoir, to their unshakable conviction that life turns out to be splendidly horrific." Tim Robey for the Daily Telegraph said that it's "A executed illustration of what is not, great about the Coen brothers, a kind of grandstanding, another kind of weirdly alienating insincerity." The film holds an 81% "fresh" rating on the movie-review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, a 73/100 average on Metacritic. Joel Coen won the Best Director Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, sharing it with David Lynch for his film Mulholland Drive.
The original soundtrack to The Man Who Wasn't There consists of classical music piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, interspersed with cues composed by Carter Burwell. The film is the ninth. In the film, the actor Adam Alexi-Malle, portraying the character of Jacques Carcanogues, plays the opening piano solo of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E♭Major. Compositions by Carter Burwell except where otherwise noted. "Birdy's'Pathétique'" - Jonathan Feldman – 1:17 "Che soave zeffiretto" - Edith Mathis and Gundula Janowitz – 3:33 "Bringing Doris Home" - Jonathan Feldman – 1:18 "I Met Doris Blind" – 1:15 "Ed Visits
American Beauty (1999 film)
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a 42-year-old advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari. Annette Bening stars as Lester's materialistic wife and Thora Birch plays their insecure daughter, Jane. Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney feature. Academics have described the film as a satire of American middle-class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction. Ball began writing American Beauty as a play in the early 1990s inspired by the media circus that accompanied the Amy Fisher trial in 1992, he shelved the play after realizing. After several years as a television screenwriter, Ball revived the idea in 1997 when attempting to break into the film industry; the rewritten script had a cynical outlook influenced by Ball's frustrating tenures writing for several sitcoms. Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen took the script for American Beauty to the fledgling DreamWorks studio, which bought it for $250,000, outbidding several other production bodies.
DreamWorks served as its North American distributor. American Beauty marked acclaimed theater director Mendes' film debut. Spacey was Mendes' first choice for the role of Lester, though DreamWorks urged him to consider better-known actors; the studio suggested several actresses for the role of Carolyn until Mendes offered the part to Bening without the studio's knowledge. Principal photography took place between December 1998 and February 1999 on sound stages at the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California and on location in Los Angeles. Mendes' dominant directorial style was deliberate and composed. Cinematographer Conrad Hall complemented Mendes' style with peaceful shot compositions to contrast with the turbulent on-screen events. During editing, Mendes made several changes. Released in North America on September 17, 1999, American Beauty was positively received by critics and audiences. Reviewers praised most aspects of the production, with particular emphasis on Mendes and Ball. DreamWorks launched a major campaign to increase American Beauty's chances of Academy Award success.
The film was nominated for and won many other awards and honors for directing and acting. Lester Burnham is a middle-aged office worker, his wife, Carolyn, is an ambitious real estate broker. The Burnhams' new neighbors are retired United States Marine Corps Colonel Frank Fitts and his near-catatonic wife, Barbara; the Fitts' teenage son, obsessively films his surroundings with a camcorder, collecting hundreds of recordings on video tapes in his bedroom. He secretly deals marijuana, using a job as a part-time bar caterer to help keep it secret from his father. Having been forced into a military academy and a psychiatric hospital, Ricky is subjected by Col. Fitts to a strict disciplinarian lifestyle. Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley, a gay couple who live nearby, welcome the family to the neighborhood. Lester becomes infatuated with Jane's vain cheerleader friend, Angela Hayes, after seeing her perform a half-time dance routine at a high school basketball game, he starts having sexual fantasies about Angela.
Carolyn begins an affair with Buddy Kane. Lester is told he is to be laid off, but instead blackmails his boss and quits his job, taking employment serving fast food, he buys his dream car and starts working out after he overhears Angela tell Jane that she would find him sexually attractive if he improved his physique. He begins smoking marijuana supplied by Ricky, flirts with Angela whenever she visits Jane; the girls' friendship wanes. Lester reacts indifferently. Buddy ends the affair. Col. Fitts becomes suspicious of Lester and Ricky's friendship and finds his son's footage of a nude Lester lifting weights, which Ricky captured by chance. After watching Ricky and Lester through Lester's garage window, Col. Fitts mistakenly concludes they are sexually involved, he beats Ricky and accuses him of being gay. Ricky falsely goads his father into expelling him from their home. Carolyn is shown sitting in her car. Ricky goes to Jane. Ricky tells Angela she is boring and ordinary. Col. Fitts confronts Lester and attempts to kiss him, but Lester
Anthony Minghella, was a British film director and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient. In addition, he received three more Academy Award nominations. Minghella was born in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England, a popular holiday resort, his family are well known on the Island, where they ran a café in Ryde until the 1980s and have run an eponymous business making and selling Italian-style ice cream since the 1950s. His parents were Leeds-born Gloria Alberta, his mother's ancestors came from Valvori, a small village in the Lazio region of central Italy. He was one of five children, a sister being Loretta Minghella, a brother Dominic Minghella who would become a screenwriter and producer. Minghella attended St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Sandown Grammar School, St John's College, Portsmouth. Early interests suggested a possible career as a musician, with Minghella playing keyboards with local bands Earthlight and Dancer.
The latter recorded an album Tales of the Riverbank in 1972 although it was not released until 2001. He attended the University of Hull; as an undergraduate he had arrived at university with an EMI contract for the band in which he sang and played keyboard. Minghella graduated after three years, continued on to pursue a PhD, he taught at the university as well for several years, on Samuel Beckett and on the medieval theatre. He abandoned his pursuit of a PhD to work for the BBC, his debut work was a stage adaptation of Gabriel Josipovici's Mobius the Stripper and it was his Whale Music that brought him notice. His double bill of Samuel Beckett's Play and Happy Days was his directorial debut and debut feature film as a director was A Little Like Drowning. During the 1980s, he worked in television, starting as a runner on Magpie before moving into script editing the children's drama series Grange Hill for the BBC and writing The Storyteller series for Jim Henson, he wrote several episodes of the ITV detective drama Inspector Morse and an episode of long-running ITV drama Boon.
Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in the West End. Radio success followed with a Giles Cooper Award for the radio drama Cigarettes and Chocolate first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988, it was revived on 3 May 2008 as a tribute to its author director following his death. His production starred Bill Nighy and Jenny Howe, his first radio play Hang Up, starring Anton Lesser and Juliet Stevenson, was revived on 10 May 2008 as part of the BBC Radio 4 Minghella season. Madly, Deeply, a feature drama written and directed for the BBC's Screen Two anthology strand, bypassed TV broadcast and instead had a cinema release, he bypassed an offer of another Inspector Morse directorial to do the project, the latter he believed would have been a much higher-profile assignment. The English Patient brought him two Academy Awards nominations, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay, he received an Adapted Screenplay nomination for The Talented Mr. Ripley; the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a pilot episode television adaptation which he co-wrote and directed, was broadcast posthumously on BBC One.
He vocally supported I Know I'm Not Alone, a film of musician Michael Franti's peacemaking excursions into Iraq and Israel. He directed a party election broadcast for the Labour Party in 2005; the short film depicted Tony Blair and Gordon Brown working together and was criticised for being insincere: "The Anthony Minghella party political broadcast last year was full of body language fibs", said Peter Collett, a psychologist at the University of Oxford. "When you are talking to me, I'll give you my full attention only if I think you are high status or if I love you. On that party political broadcast, they are staring at each other like lovers, it is false."With Samuel Beckett's 100th birthday celebrations, he returned to radio on BBC Radio 3 with Eyes Down Looking, with: Jude Law, Juliet Stevenson and David Threlfall. An operatic directorial debut came with Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Premiered at the English National Opera at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and at the Metropolitan Opera.
The latter was transmitted live into cinemas worldwide as part of the Met's HD series and is now available on DVD. The ENO work was to have led to other operatic projects, directing again at English National Opera and collaborating with Osvaldo Golijov on a new opera for the Met and ENO, writing the libretto and directing the production, he was honoured with the naming of The Anthony Minghella Theatre at the Quay Arts Centre. He made an appearance in the 2007 film Atonement as a television host interviewing the novelist central to the story, his last work was the screenplay of the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Nine. It is based on the film 8½, he shared credit with Michael Tolkin on the screenplay. The Film, Theatre & Television department at the University of Reading, opened in 2012, was named in his honour. Minghella met his first wife, Yvo
The Green Mile (film)
The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy crime drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from Stephen King’s 1996 novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, with supporting roles by David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell; the film features Dabbs Greer in his final film, as the older Paul Edgecomb. The film, told in a flashback format, tells the story of Paul's life as a death row corrections officer during the U. S. Great Depression, the supernatural events he witnessed; the film received positive reviews from critics, was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Clarke Duncan, Best Sound, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. In a Louisiana assisted-living home in 1999, Paul Edgecomb begins to cry while watching the 1930s film Top Hat, his companion Elaine becomes concerned, Paul explains to her that the film reminded him of the events of 1935, which took place during the Great Depression when he was a prison officer, in charge of death row, what they refer to as the "Green Mile".
In 1935, Paul supervises officers Brutus Howell, Dean Stanton, Harry Terwilliger, Percy Wetmore at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Paul is suffering from a severe bladder infection and receives John Coffey, a physically imposing but mentally challenged and gentle black man, into his custody. John had been sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering two white girls. One of the other inmates is a Native-American named Arlen Bitterbuck, charged with murder and is the first to be executed. Percy demonstrates a severe sadistic streak, but gets away with it because he is the governor's nephew, he is abusive with inmate Eduard Delacroix. As a result, Del suffers a longer and more painfully graphic death by catching fire and burning alive. John begins to demonstrate supernatural powers, he releases her affliction into Percy, who under its influence shoots dead another prisoner, mass murderer William "Wild Bill" Wharton. Wharton had been a troublemaker since his arrival, he assaulted the guards when escorted into the block, made mischief on two occasions that caused Paul to order him restrained in the block's padded cell, groped Percy, made a racist remark in John's presence, revealed psychically to John that he in fact raped and murdered the two white girls.
John was arrested for Wharton's crime as he had been at the scene unsuccessfully trying to resurrect the two white children with his powers. John reveals the story psychically to Paul, given a snippet of his supernatural energy. Meanwhile, Percy is committed to an insane asylum after entering a vegetative state. Paul discusses with John the possibility of an unlikely long term escape, as he does not wish to execute what he perceives is a miracle of God. Although distraught over the notion of being executed while innocent, John tells Paul that he has been through enough psychical experience with humanity’s cruelty. Mentioning that he had never seen a movie before, John watches Top Hat with the other guards as a last request. John is executed that night. Paul concludes his story by telling Elaine that John's was the last execution that he and Brutus supervised. Following Coffey's execution, they both took jobs in the juvenile system. Elaine realizes. Paul reveals. Not only is he still alive, but so is Del's mouse, Mr. Jingles.
Paul continues to explain that although John never intended for it to happen, his curing of Paul has given him an extraordinary lifespan, causing him to outlive his family and friends, which he perceives is a punishment from God for executing John, will outlive Elaine. Paul attends her funeral and muses that if John's power could make a short-lived mouse live for six decades as Mr. Jingles has, how much longer does he himself have left; the Detterick family, which John Coffey was wrongly convicted of victimizing, is played by William Sadler and Paula Malcomson as the parents, with young sisters Evanne and Bailey Drucker playing their murdered daughters. Darabont adapted the novel into a screenplay in under eight weeks; the film was shot at Warner Hollywood Studios, West Hollywood, on location in Shelbyville and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Hanks and Darabont met at an Academy Award luncheon in 1994. Stephen King was happy when Darabont mentioned his name. Morse had not heard about the script.
He stated. Darabont wanted Cromwell from the start, after he read the script, Cromwell was moved and agreed. Duncan credited his casting to Bruce Willis, with whom he had worked on the film Armageddon one year earlier. According to Duncan, Willis introduced him to Darabont after hearing of the open call for John Coffey. Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal was considered for the role of John Coffey. Hanks was supposed to play elderly Paul Edgecomb as well but the makeup tests did not make him look credible enough to be an elderly man; because of this Greer was hired to play older Edgec