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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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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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3 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

The radio station WMPR 90.1 FM, where Medgar Evers' brother Charles Evers was manager, still broadcasts from Jackson, Mississippi. See more »

Goofs

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: I don't know if I'm going to heaven or to hell, but I'm going from Jackson.
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References Perry Mason (1957) 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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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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