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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Burt DeLaughter
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Claire DeLaughter (as Alexa Vega)
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Reena 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)

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$13,052,741 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Delmar Dennis (a key witness against the murderer, Byron De La Beckwith) and his family can be seen as extras in the parade scene. At the film's end, a title card indicated that Bobby DeLaughter had run for a position as a judge and been defeated. That was true at the time. Subsequently, he was appointed to a judgeship and later elected overwhelmingly to that position. See more »

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When Bobby Delaughter is on the phone to Myrlie Evers and Charley attempts to interrupt him with the news that Byron was quoted of having confessed to killing Evers years earlier, Bobby is wearing his wedding ring. Shortly thereafter when he's in the hospital for his eldest son's injury (and first meets the doctor, his second wife), he is not wearing wedding ring. See more »

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[Addressing the jury in summation]
Bobby DeLaughter: Today, thirty years later, I'm asking you twelve ladies and gentlemen to act boldly; to hold this defendant accountable and find him guilty... simply because it is right, it is just, and Lord knows, it is time. Is it ever too late to do the right thing?
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Violin Concerto, Op. 8
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Budapest Strings
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Plodding history lesson ...................
28 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have been a pretty good ninety minute film. Unfortunately it is 130 minutes and the extra 40 minutes is almost fatal. There is an important story being told, that is somewhat dulled by way too much extraneous material, along with some distracting family distress, and child coddling. Less would have been best in the case of "Ghosts of Mississippi. The acting by Alec Baldwin, Whoppi Goldberg, and especially James Woods is totally acceptable, but the movie drags on way too long. I realize being based on fact, the writers were somewhat restricted, but I would have preferred a leaner story, without the distracting extras involving wives and children. - MERK


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