Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, David Morse, Barry Pepper, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Michael Jeter, James Cromwell, Jeffrey DeMunn, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Sinise, William Sadler
Spike Lee was so appalled with Michael Clarke Duncan's turn as death row inmate John Coffey that he had to coin a term for it: the Super-Duper Magical Negro. Some disagreed, seeing the role as positive. But if Hollywood is to be believed, all black people who lived before 1960 were docile, bumbling buffoons incapable of doing anything but easing the lives of (and raping, let's not forget raping) white people.
Somehow, though, we doubt Michael Clarke Duncan cared about any of that as he went on to star as the head ape in Tim Burton's 2001 remake of that racially sensitive classic Planet of the Apes.