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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

 -  Drama  -  20 December 1996 (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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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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20 December 1996 (USA)  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 233,067,000 (Italy) (28 February 1997)

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$13,052,741 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Trivia

Gillian Anderson and Faith Ford both auditioned for the role of Dixie DeLaughter. 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: Grandpa Russell had guns all over his house and we don't have any guns.
Drew: I have a gun.
Bobby: Well, yours is a nuclear powered lasergun. I'm talking about handguns and rifles.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: 100: Part 1 (2011) See more »

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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Music by Billy Taylor
Lyrics by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
Additional arrangement by Marc Shaiman, Dan Higgins and Mervyn Warren
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Monsters in Mississippi
10 October 2012 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Rob Reiner's 'Ghosts of Mississipi' is based on a relatively less known (today) reopening of Medger Evers racially motivated murder case. Starting with the flaws of the film, I can see why many would comment that this is another 'white man rescues the oppressed black people flick'. To balance this out, the director could have portrayed more of Evers's life and the significance of what he did and also developed the story of his wife who's an integral part, show more of her (and the family's) struggle. Here the focus is almost entirely on Baldwin's DeLaughter and the obstacles he faces during the trial. The film also appears to be a tad glossy.

What does work, even though the story is predictable, is the level of suspense and tension which is very well maintained. You know what'll happen in the end but you still root for Delaughter to succeed every step. Alec Baldwin does a brilliant job as the lawyer who's taken by the injustice and brutality of the crime and seeks to bring justice to the family and community. Whoopi Goldberg wonderfully downplays her part. 'Wish there was more of her. Her character doesn't seem to have 'aged' in 27 years (except for the darker circles round her eyes). James Wood is great as the hateful De la Beckwith.

'Ghosts of Mississipi' could have been more if only more of the late Medgar and his wife's life was included but it certainly is a watchable film that reminds one of a forgotten important event in America.


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