Similarities between Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile movies

The Green Mile poster and Shawshank Redemption poster
The Green Mile poster and Shawshank Redemption poster

For many film enthusiasts, the Shawshank Redemption ranks up there with the greats when movies are pit against each other. However a journalist’s (Francis Abban) claim that The Green Mile also directed by Frank Darabont edges past Shawshank both adapted from Stephen King has unsettled quite a number of folks.

To help edify the discourse, another broadcaster with the Multimedia Group Kojo Yankson stepped in to give Shawshank Redemption its flowers and also give the back story of the two gripping tales.

The story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” which was published in Different Seasons (1982), inspired the popular film The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

The film, written by longtime Stephen King adapter Frank Darabont, is based on one of King’s most literary works, a 1982 novella about an agonizingly slow prison break. Curiously, Shawshank flopped when it opened in theaters in 1994, but it was nominated for seven Academy Awards — more than any other King adaptation. It has gone on to become one of the most well-known and adored movies ever made, as evidenced by its protracted reign as the movie with the highest rating on IMDB.

Similarities between Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile

For starters, bother Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile were directed by Frank Darabont. He in turn being a massive Steven King fan adapted two of King’s stories for film to wide acclaim. Steven King being a famous horror author.

For another, the 90s gave the world these two great movies.

After the runaway success of Shawshank in 1995 with Warner Bros, it was only a matter of time before Universal signed Darabont up to adapt another Steven King novel, The Green Mile in 1999. In the Mile, the offense for which John Coffey is in prison was not his fault. Instead, he attempted to do the opposite. He attempted to save two young girls who were bleeding and dying but it was too late.

Andrew Dufresne is main protagonist of Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption movie
Andrew Dufresne is main protagonist of Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption movie

Who is Stephen King?

Stephen Edwin King is an American writer of books in the genres of horror, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, and paranormal fiction.

The 76-year-old Portland, Maine natives’ books are credited with reviving the genre of horror fiction in the late 20th century.

While King has now found wealth and fame, it wasn’t always so. Having graduated from the University of Maine in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English, he supported himself by teaching and working as a janitor, while writing short stories till the success of his first published novel, Carrie. It is a story about a tormented teenage girl gifted with telekinetic powers, released in 1974. It was adapted for films in 1976 and 2013.

Stephen King’s TV miniseries & Film roll

‘Salem’s Lot (1975; TV miniseries 1979 and 2004)

The Shining (1977; film 1980; TV miniseries 1997)

The Stand (1978; TV miniseries 1994 and 2020–21)

The Dead Zone (1979; film 1983; TV series 2002–07)

Firestarter (1980; film 1984)

Cujo (1981; film 1983)

The Running Man (1982; film 1987)

Christine (1983; film 1983)

Thinner (1984; film 1996)

It (1986; TV miniseries 1990; films 2017 and 2019)

Misery (1987; film 1990)

The Tommyknockers (1987; TV miniseries 1993)

The Dark Half (1989; film 1993)

Needful Things (1991; film 1993)

Dolores Claiborne (1993; film 1995)

Dreamcatcher (2001; film 2003)

Cell (2006)

Lisey’s Story (2006; TV miniseries 2021)

Duma Key (2008)

Under the Dome (2009; TV series 2013–15)

11/22/63 (2011; TV miniseries 2016)

Joyland (2013)

Doctor Sleep (2013; film 2019)

A sequel to The Shining; Revival (2014)

The Outsider (2018; TV miniseries 2020)

The Institute (2019)  

Later (2021)

King also used pseudonym Richard Bachman. From vampires, vicious canines, insane killers, and pyromaniacs to ghosts, extrasensory perception and telekinesis, chemical warfare, and even a malicious car, he tackles practically every terrifying theme imaginable.

By the early 1990s King’s books had sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

Portrait of author Stephen King
Portrait of author Stephen King. Photo credit: Shane Leonard.

Stephen King Early Life

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and then Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS.

He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level.

In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co. accepted the novel Carrie for publication. Carrie, which King sold for a $2,500 advance, would go on to earn $400,000 for the rights to its paperback run.

Two years after Carrie’s publication, Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation grossed $33 million on a $1.8 million budget, largely on the strength of advance critical praise and word-of-mouth reviews. In the six years that followed, King would write six novels (Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Rage, The Stand, The Long Walk, and The Dead Zone), establishing a prolificacy that would last for the most of his career. King was encouraged by the following success of Carrie’s paperback sales.

Stephen King Marriage, Wife and Children

By 1973, King was a high school English teacher drawing a meager $6,400 a year. He had married Tabitha in 1971, and the pair lived in a trailer in Hampden, Maine. He had met Tabitha at the university.

King and his wife, Tabitha King, also a novelist have a daughter, Naomi King – a minister as well as two sons, Joe Hill and Owen King, who are novelists. The Kings also have four grandchildren.

Stephen King Awards

O. Henry Award

Stephen King received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2003 and the National Medal of Arts in 2014.

He is a formidable force in genre writing; being the only author in history to have had more than 30 books become No. 1 best-sellers

For the past four decades, he’s had more than 70 published books, becoming a beloved cultural phenomenon.

by michael eli dokosi/            


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