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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

 -  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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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 gunned down in front of his wife and children. In 1994, the time was right 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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Fantasmas del pasado  »

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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

Make-up artist Matthew W. Mungle was called in at the last minute by his colleague Deborah La Mia Denaver to assist with James Woods's aging make-up, at the recommendation of Woods himself. The three of them had previously collaborated on "Citizen Cohn" and enjoyed the experience. However, this left Mungle with only two days to sculpt and manufacture the complete make-up. See more »

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When DeLaughter is brushing his son's hair in the bathroom, the child actor looks off-camera (either at his parent, the director, or a cue card). See more »

Quotes

[Quoting Medgar Evers]
Myrlie Evers: When you hate, the only one that suffers is you because most of the people you hate don't know it and the rest don't care.
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References Perry Mason (1957) 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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