The Green Line by Stephen King: Is it Based on a True Story?


The Green Line is based on a novel by Stephen King and was written and directed by Frank Darabont. This is Darabont's first movie since the great movie “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994. This movie was also based on a story of King's prison, but this one is very different. It involves the supernatural, in a spiritual, not frightening way.

Both movies focus on the relationship between a white man and a black man. In “The Escapees” the black man witnessed the fierce determination of a white man, while here the function of the black man is to absorb the pain of the whites, redeem them, and there to forgive them.

In the end, when asked to forgive the whites for sending him to the electric chair, the story prepared us so well that the key scenes sound like a drama and not a metaphor, which is not easy to achieve. We tell you everything about La Ligne Verte whether it is based on a true story or not!


Technically, the answer is no. The movie is an adaptation of Stephen King's 1996 novel The Green Line. That said, there are certainly strong parallels to the real-life case of George Stinney. The aforementioned young man was a 14-year-old boy who was also convicted of killing, and possibly sexually assaulted, two young girls in 1944.

There are differences: Stinney was originally from South Carolina, not Louisiana, and the plot of the movie is set ten years before the events of his case. But, unfortunately, there are other similarities between him and John Coffey. Although a minor, Stinney was also executed in the electric chair the same year he was arrested and tried.

And, just as The Green Line's John Coffey was portrayed in director Frank Darabont's 1999 adaptation of King, Stinney appears to have been innocent of his alleged crimes. In 2014, a South Carolina circuit court judge overturned his past conviction. Which means his previous guilty verdict was nullified.

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It was determined that Stinney's Sixth Amendment rights, which relate to criminal prosecution, had been violated. In addition, the judge ruled that the boy's confession was likely obtained under duress, which would have made them inadmissible in court. Like John Coffey, George Stinney was never lucky; his fate was decided by an all-white jury and his so-called lawyer provided him with virtually no defense.

Magnificent and horribly tragic, The Green Line lives up to such movies as the court drama A Time To Kill, starring Matthew McConaughey, and Mississippi Burning, in 1988. Although it turns out to be a movie. Fictional, the fact remains that this is yet another movie that gives a little insight into the widely documented failings of American law enforcement and legal systems in cases of racism during this era.

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