6.6/10
33,653
223 user 96 critic

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

True Crime (1999)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, LisaGay Hamilton
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris
Bird (1988)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker
Blood Work (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell
Space Cowboys (2000)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Chablis Deveau (as The Lady Chablis)
Dorothy Loudon ...
Serena Dawes
...
Margaret Williams
...
Betty Harty
...
Luther Driggers
...
Henry Skerridge
...
Detective Boone
...
Finley Largent
Edit

Storyline

This panoramic tale of Savannah's eccentricities focuses on a murder and the subsequent trial of Jim Williams: self made man, art collector, antiques dealer, bon vivant and semi-closeted homosexual. John Kelso a magazine reporter finds himself in Savannah amid the beautiful architecture and odd doings to write a feature on one of William's famous Christmas parties. He is intrigued by Williams from the start, but his curiosity is piqued when he meets Jim's violent, young and sexy lover, Billy. Later that night, Billy is dead, and Kelso stays on to cover the murder trial. Along the way he encounters the irrepressible Lady Chablis, a drag queen commedienne, Sonny Seiler, lawyer to Williams, whose famous dog UGA is the official mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, an odd man who keeps flies attached to mini leashes on his lapels and threatens daily to poison the water supply, the Married Ladies Card Club, and Minerva, a spiritualist. Between being Jim's buddy, cuddling up to a torch singer, ... Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Welcome to Savannah, Georgia. A City Of Hot Nights And Cold Blooded Murder.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Medianoche en el jardín del bien y del mal  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,233,658, 23 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,078,937, 15 February 1998
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It is repeated several times in the movie that Lady Chablis' birth name was "Frank." However, although she plays herself in the movie, her real birth name was Benjamin Edward Knox, not Frank. See more »

Goofs

In bar scene with John and Sonny, the head (foam) on John's beer changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Minerva: Quit eye balling me, Flavius. I knew you when you was a two bit hustler on Bull Street.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimer: This film is based upon John Berendt's book "MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL". Dialogue and certain events and characters contained in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization. See more »

Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Rain Or Come Shine
Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
Performed by Alison Eastwood
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Could have been better
4 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

It is 4 years since I first saw this movie (and commented on it before reading the book on which it is based). Having since read the book twice, I thought it time to look at the movie again. I can now see why some of those who had read the book are so dismissive of the movie.

I still think it is an interesting, well cast film - but it could have been done better - and that is a pity. There is of course no reason to expect a movie to be an exact replica of a book, but when it is such an excellent book it is a pity that Eastwood chose to alter things unnecessarily. Too much of his daughter (charming though she may be), too much Lady Chablis (fascinating ditto). These additions took up time and space where the actual story could have been fleshed out more.

In spite of these minor quibbles, I still think it is an interesting story - and to fans of the book I say - accept it for what it is - it is a fascinating film, entertaining and well worth watching.


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 223 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page