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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  3 January 1997 (USA)
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The widow of murdered civil rights leader Medger Evers and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice.

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Burt DeLaughter
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Claire DeLaughter (as Alexa Vega)
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Benny Bennett (as Lloyd 'Benny' Bennett)
Darrell Evers ...
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Yolanda King ...
Reena Evers
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James Van Evers ...
Van Evers
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Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith (Woods), the assassin of the 1960s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in hung juries. The movie then covers District Attorney, Bobby De Laughter's (Baldwin) transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers (Goldberg), the widow of Medgar Evers, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Some of the characters are played by the actual participants in this story. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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In 1963 civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered in his own driveway. For 30 years his assassin has remained free. Is it ever too late to do the right thing? 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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Fantasmas del pasado  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$168,012 (USA) (20 December 1996)

Gross:

$13,052,741 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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In his speech heard at the beginning, President John F. Kennedy uses the word "delay" twice. "Delay" is the character's Byron De La Beckwith's nickname, used by his friends and acquaintances throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby's father calls to his grandchildren to come get some of the baby-back ribs he's cooking on the grill, the kids come running off the boat dock. They start running in age order, with the boy in the light orange shirt second. But when the camera changes, the boy in the orange shirt is suddenly first. See more »

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Bobby DeLaughter: I don't see what difference it makes if a man was bushwhacked yesterday, today, or 27 damn years ago. Murder is murder. And it's still my job to bring the son of a bitch to justice. And it's still your job to help me.
Delamar Dennis: No! I did my job. I testified against the Klan. They shot out my windows, blew up my car, they hunted and harassed me for twenty five years. Don't that get me even for the wrong I done?
Bobby DeLaughter: We never get even for the wrong we've done.
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Referenced in Home Bound (2014) See more »

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The Ballad Of Medgar Evers
Written by Matthew Jones
Performed by The Freedom Singers (as The SNCC Freedom Singers) Led by Matthew Jones
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Based on a true story.
14 February 2004 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

THIS FILM IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Not only was the real Myrlie Evers consulted while making the film, two of her and Medgar's sons were actually in the film, playing themselves. Benny Bennett also played himself.

It was based on a actual (although little known) event in American history, and shows how there are still conflicts over civil rights today. We also learn that there are still some people in the Southern U.S. that are opposed to laws that have been in place for over 35 years.

So while watching this you shouldn't think "the story is cliche" or "the acting was good, but predictable," you should be thinking that this actually happened, and reflecting on how far we've come as a society, and how far we still need to go.


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