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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 3 January 1997 (USA)
A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

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Burt DeLaughter
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Claire DeLaughter (as Alexa Vega)
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Ben Bennett ...
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 real-life drama covering the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the assassin of heroic civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The movie begins with the murder on June 12, 1963 and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in hung juries. The movie then covers district attorney Bobby De Laughter's transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers' widow, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Byron De La Beckwith was convicted on February 5, 1994, after having remained a free man for much of the 30 years after the murder, giving justice for Medgar Evers' family. 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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Drama | History

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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$13,052,741 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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When Bobby DeLaughter goes to the men's room where he has confronted Byron De La Beckwith, the men's room door has an old Jim Crow era sign "White Men" painted over but the lettering is still visible. See more »

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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: Are you saying you killed Medger Evers?
Byron De La Beckwith: [Scoffs] Well what If I DID Mr DeLaughter? Aint nothing you or anyone else can do about it
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Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

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The Thrill is Gone
Written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins
Performed by B.B. King
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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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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