The Green Mile is a 1999 American epic fantasy drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and based on Stephen King’s 1996 novel of the same name. It stars Tom Hanks as a death row prison guard during the Great Depression who witnesses supernatural events following the arrival of an enigmatic convict (Michael Clarke Duncan) at his facility. David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Doug Hutchison and James Cromwell appear in supporting roles.
The film premiered on December 10, 1999, in the United States to positive reviews from critics, who praised Darabont’s direction and writing, emotional weight, and performances (particularly for Hanks and Duncan), although its length received criticism. It was a commercial success, grossing $286 million from its $60 million budget, and was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Duncan, Best Sound and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.
The thetrical release poster (shown above) uses Jan Tschichold’s Sabon typeface. The title is based on the bold style, with faux small caps and some stretching. The credits use caps from ITC Garamond Condensed with additional condensing.
The advance poster (shown below) features Frederic Goudy’s Pabst Oldstyle. Both posters were designed by Intralink Film Graphic Design.