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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.

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Chablis Deveau (as The Lady Chablis)
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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>

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


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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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21 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Medianoche en el jardín del bien y del mal  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,233,658 (USA) (21 November 1997)

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$25,078,937 (USA) (13 February 1998)
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Most of the characters depicted in the movie were based on real Savannahians, but some details were changed for dramatic effect. Joe Odom was indeed a real person, an ex-lawyer who opened a piano bar with the real-life "Mandy," Nancy Hillis, but Odom and Hillis were never romantically involved, and Odom died of AIDS in 1991. Likewise, the character of John Kelso is loosely based on John Berendt, the author of the book, but he also never had a relationship with the real-life "Mandy" - Berendt is gay. See more »

Goofs

As Minerva looks up from her Forsyth Park bench to see the plane coming in for a landing, it is headed straight toward downtown Savannah and the harbor. The airport there is actually located north of the city. See more »

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[first lines]
Minerva: 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 »

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References Jezebel (1938) See more »

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Jeepers Creepers
Written by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren
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Pure Genius
24 July 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I am at a loss as to how anyone can not like this film. It was pure genius. Cusack plays a somewhat stereotypical character (which was very appropriate for the movie, it created a perfect contrast between the cultures of New York and Savannah). Kevin Spacey was nothing short of amazing, better than in The Usual Suspects, and almost as good as in American Beauty. Lady Chablis was also excellent. I especially enjoyed watching Lady Chablis and Jim Kelso's relationship mature and change throughout the film. I have seen the movie numerous times and plan to see it again. Though, it is not for those who wish to go to a movie to be simply entertained. Highly recommended....

10/10


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