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Are Stephen King's intentions in the novel, The Green Mile, portrayed in the film of the same name?

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In The Green Mile, although there are some minor changes between the novel and the film's script, I think Stephen King's intent is preserved in the movie.

There are minor changes that do not affect the story's outcome in film.

One of the trademarks of Stephen King's writing [his]... moral earnestness... The Green Mile's...purpose is to kindle the reader's [viewers] outrage at the inhumanity and capriciousness of the death penalty.

In both the movie and film, the narrator is:

Paul Edgecombe [who]...combines a powerful empathy with the condemned men with a tendency to ponder the ethical and spiritual implications of events. Paul's compelling voice is the novel's moral center.

Perhaps the major difference is found in the character of John Coffey:

In the novel there is strong evidence to suggest John Coffey is innocent. This is interpreted by Paul Edgecomb the narrator. The confusion of the tracking dogs is a major part of this. In the movie this is transformed into the scene where John Coffey...

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