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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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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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$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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, both Robert Redford and Jack Nicholson were vying to topline the project. See more »

Goofs

The hairstyle for the hostess of The Married Women's Card Club gets a recomb between shots. After asking the ladies if "everything is all right?", a lock is out of place. In the next shot, the stray lock is tucked and perfectly coifed. 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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Soundtracks

This Time The Dream's On Me
Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
Performed by Alison Krauss With Charlie Haden Quartet West
Alison Krauss appears courtesy of Rounder Records
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This film is a dog's dinner of a mess
6 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is dull and plodding. The characters are given too much time on the screen with little or no effect in developing the narrative which itself is clunky and lacking in suspense. I can see that Clint Eastwood meant well but it is a half-baked affair. I felt that I was watching a first cut rather than the great film everyone has been talking about. Event he acting , from so called established talents, seem like the are there only for the food, drink and the ambiance of the setting, which only partially comes to the fore, and sadly, becomes the only thing that one remembers about this terrible attempt as at movie. I am a big fan of Clint Eastwood but this a monumental failure and I believe all those concerned would have disowned it if it wasn't for their friendship and loyalty to the director.


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