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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 3 January 1997 (USA)
A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

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Dixie DeLaughter
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Peggy Lloyd
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Drew DeLaughter
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Claire DeLaughter (as Alexa Vega)
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Benny Bennett (as Lloyd 'Benny' Bennett)
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Reena Evers
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Jerry Mitchell
James Van Evers ...
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Ghosts of Mississippi is a real-life drama covering the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the assassin of heroic civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The movie begins with the murder on June 12, 1963 and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in hung juries. The movie then covers district attorney Bobby De Laughter's transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers' widow, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Byron De La Beckwith was convicted on February 5, 1994, after having remained a free man for much of the 30 years after the murder, giving justice for Medgar Evers' family. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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A forgotten crime. An impossible case. A final chance... for justice. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a strong scene of violence and for racial dialogue | See all certifications »

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3 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$168,012, 22 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,052,741, 16 March 1997
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Both Medgar Evers' wife, Myrlie Evers, and older brother, Charles Evers, tried their hand at politics. In 1970, Myrlie Evers ran unsuccessfully against John H. Rousselot for U.S. Congress twice. In 1987, Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley appointed her to the Board of Public Works, making her the city's first African American female board member. In 1995, she was elected chairperson of the NAACP, at the time when the organization had financial and other difficulties. The organization's image and financial status improved during her term, and she did not seek re-election in 1998. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. She was the first woman and the first layperson to deliver the invocation at a presidential inauguration. In 1963 Charles Evers took over Medgar Evers' position as field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi. In 1969, he became the Mayor of Fayette, Mississippi and the first African-American mayor in the state in the post-Reconstruction era. He kept the position until 1981, when he lost his re-election bid. In 1985, he won the mayorship again, but lost the position again in 1989. In 1971, he unsuccessfully ran for governor. In 1978, he unsuccessfully ran for the Senate. He was an informal adviser to Lyndon Johnson, George Wallace (once he softened his pro-racist positions), Ronald Reagan, and Robert F. Kennedy. He supported Ronald Reagan for President in 1980. He eventually joined the Republican Party. He supported Donald Trump for President in 2016. See more »

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Although the film begins in 1989 and ends in 1994, the same child actors portraying Bobby DeLaughter's children are used from the beginning of the movie until the end, showing no signs of aging. See more »

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Byron De La Beckwith: The point is you ain't never, ever gonna get twelve people to convict me of killing a nigger in the state of Mississippi. No, sir. Hell son, I don't even have to take the stand. A couple more days, I'll be back in my home in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, where I'll just sit on my porch and live out my days in peace and prosperity. What are you gonna do, Mr. DeLaughter? What are you gonna do? Free at last, free at last... Great God Almighty, I'm free at last!
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Dixie's Land (I Wish I Was in Dixie)
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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A story worth telling, well told
15 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Based on fact and directed by Rob Reiner, Ghosts recounts the investigation, and retrial in 1994 - after two mistrials in the 60s - of Byron de la Beckwith for the racist shooting in 1963 of Medgar Evers, an NAACP activist. The film has gained renewed topicality with the recent conviction of another white supremacist for the Birmingham, Alabama, Baptist Church bombing, also in 1963.

Alec Baldwin gives a solid, and sometimes stolid, performance in the central role of prosecuting DA, Bobby DeLaughter (pronounced DeLaw), himself from Mississippi's white uppercrust, whose marriage hits the rocks because of his pursuit of the case. James Woods, convincingly made up to look over 70 for most of the movie, is electrifying as the arrogant, hateful Beckwith. Whoopi Goldberg portrays Medgar's widow with a lot of dignity and even a touch of humour, but it would have been understandable if she had also displayed a little more bitterness.

The movie is possibly not as powerful as Reiner hoped, partly no doubt because he was restricted by the facts. In particular, the retrial seems to have thrown up little or no new evidence, thus making the courtroom action less dramatic than in a fictional movie. Perhaps a greater criticism is that the intense focus on Baldwin/DeLaughter, who is in almost every scene, tends to turn him into the hero of the movie; whereas it should be Medgar Evers, who as a civil rights activist in one of the most bigoted areas of the USA deserves everyone's undying admiration.

Despite the movie's flaws, it is gripping for most of its 130 minutes, and this was certainly a story worth telling.


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