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Murder in Mississippi (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 5 February 1990
In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.

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This telefilm is based on the real-life lynchings of three civil rights workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Henry Schwerner, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on June 21, 1964. Chaney (from Mississippi) and Schwerner and Goodman (from New York) had been working to register voters in Neshoba County, Mississippi, when they were arrested on trumped-up charges, released to the Ku Klux Klan, and murdered and buried by the Klan. After the state would not try the case, there was a federal prosecution that resulted (in 1967) in no prison sentence over 6 years for any of the conspirators to murder the three men (the presiding judge told a reporter, "they killed one nigger, one Jew, and a white man [though in fact, both Goodman and Schwerner were Jewish.] I gave them all what I thought they deserved.") On June 21, 2005 (the 41st anniversary of the murders), the Klansman who was widely believed to have been the ringleader of the crimes, Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison. See also the trivia page for Mississippi Burning (which was loosely based on the Goodman-Chaney-Schwerner murders). See more »

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Version of Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975) See more »

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19 July 2000 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed it. This is a wonderful movie and I like to watch it before I watch "Mississippi Burning," although I think this is the better of the two movies. I have been reading up on these murders and the only thing I noticed that was off, was that the film created a friction between Mickey & James that never existed.


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