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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 3 January 1997 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 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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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$13,052,741 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Delmar Dennis (a key witness against the murderer, Byron De La Beckwith) and his family can be seen as extras in the parade scene. At the film's ending, a title card indicated that Bobby DeLaughter had run for a position as a judge and been defeated. That was true at the time. Subsequently, he was appointed to a judgeship and later elected overwhelmingly to that position. 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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Charlie Evers: You know, nobody hardly even remembers Medgar anymore - whites or blacks - and that's a goddamn shame. Cause whatever rights the black man has around here now, he has them because of something called civil rights movement. And for a long time in the state of Mississippi, back before the newspapers and television, back before the fancy speeches, my brother Medgar was the civil rights movement.
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Features The Partridge Family (1970) 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
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Ghosts of Mississippi
25 August 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Impressive drama about the assassination of 1960's civil rights leader Medger Evers, which was fought in courts for 30 years until it was re-opened in the 1990's with Mississippi D.A. Bobby DeLaughter (Baldwin) leading the charge to bring assassin Byron De Lay Beckwith (Woods, in a juicy Oscar nominated role) to justice. Goldberg is especially standout as Ever's widow who fought for the truth for over 30 years. Rob Reiner's film may run a little long for some, but the excellent cast and realistic story will keep you glued until the end.


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