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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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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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From the director of A FEW GOOD MEN comes a compelling TRUE STORY. 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:

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

Gross:

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

When Bobby DeLaughter and his new wife are in bed, she is reading "North Toward Home", a memoir by Jackson (Mississippi) native Willie Morris, former editor of Harper's, who was an uncredited consultant on the movie and who later wrote about the making of the movie and its implications on Jackson. 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 »

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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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Soundtracks

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Music by Billy Taylor
Lyrics by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
Performed by Dionne Farris
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music 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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