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
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Billy's grip on the liquor bottle at the Christmas party changes between shots. See more »
Quit eye balling me, Flavius. I knew you when you was a two bit hustler on Bull Street.
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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 »
I think I get it about "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". There is not supposed to be a strong story, but rather the film is a character sketch. And the character that it's sketching is not a person but rather the town of Savannah.
The town is pretty interesting and the "colorful South" amusing throughout the film. However, it does not make up for the slow pace. The film is obviously derived from a book of much greater complexity, and there are a few holes and things left unexplained. For the first time ever I did not like Kevin Spacey's acting. There are a few neat twists and tricks, especially "To understand the living, you gotta commune wit' the dead!"
Who should see this film:
-- arty drama types, this is your kind of film
-- anybody from this region of the world
I'll give Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil a so-so 6 out of 10, which is the highest rating I'll give a film I didn't really enjoy watching.
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