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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- The most important party of the Savannah Christmas season ends with a bang! When affable host Jim Williams shoots a man to death. The party is over, the investigation begins.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.


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Writers (WGA):
John Berendt (book)
John Lee Hancock (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 November 1997 (USA) See more »
Welcome to Savannah, Georgia. A City Of Hot Nights And Cold Blooded Murder.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... John Kelso

Kevin Spacey ... Jim Williams

Jack Thompson ... Sonny Seiler

Irma P. Hall ... Minerva

Jude Law ... Billy Hanson

Alison Eastwood ... Mandy Nicholls

Paul Hipp ... Joe Odom
Lady Chablis ... Chablis Deveau (as The Lady Chablis)
Dorothy Loudon ... Serena Dawes

Anne Haney ... Margaret Williams

Kim Hunter ... Betty Harty

Geoffrey Lewis ... Luther Driggers

Richard Herd ... Henry Skerridge

Leon Rippy ... Detective Boone

Bob Gunton ... Finley Largent

Michael O'Hagan ... Geza Von Habsburg

Gary Anthony Williams ... Bus Driver
Tim Black ... Jeff Braswell
Muriel Moore ... Mrs. Baxter
Sonny Seiler ... Judge White

Terry Rhoads ... Assistant D.A.
Victor Brandt ... Bailiff
Patricia Herd ... Juror #1

Nick Gillie ... Juror #20

Patrika Darbo ... Sara Warren

J. Patrick McCormack ... Doctor
Emma Kelly ... Herself
Tyrone Lee Weaver ... Ellis
Greg Goossen ... Prison Cell Lunatic (as Gregory Goossen)

Shannon Eubanks ... Mrs. Hamilton
Virginia Duncan ... Card Club Woman #1

Rhoda Griffis ... Card Club Woman #2
Judith Robinson ... Card Club Woman #3

Jo Ann Pflug ... Cynthia Vaughn (as Joann Pflug)
James Moody ... Himself
John Duncan ... Gentleman in Park
Bess S. Thompson ... Pretty Girl
Jin Hi Soucy ... Receptionist

Michael Rosenbaum ... George Tucker
Dan Biggers ... Harry Cram
Georgia Allen ... Lucille Wright

Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Woman at Party

Charles Black ... Alpha
Aleta Mitchell ... Alphabette
Kevin Harry ... Phillip (as Michael 'Kevin' Harry)
Dorothy Kingery ... Jim Williams' Sister
Amanda Kingery ... Jim Williams' Niece Amanda
Susan Kingery ... Jim Williams' Niece Susan

Ted Manson ... Passer-by
Margaret R. Davis ... Ruth
Danny Nelson ... Senator

Bree Luck ... Woman at Club

Ann Cusack ... Delivery Woman
Jerry Spence ... Hair Dresser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Danger ... Himself (uncredited)

James Gandolfini ... Diner Cook #2 (uncredited)

Victor Herminio Lopez ... Inmate (uncredited)

Lawrence Mandley ... Inmate (uncredited)

Laura McLauchlin ... Flight attendent (uncredited)

Ray Wineteer ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
John Berendt (book)

John Lee Hancock (screenplay)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Michael Maurer .... associate producer
Tom Rooker .... co-producer
Arnold Stiefel .... producer
Anita Zuckerman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Makeup Department
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... makeup artist (as Eryn Krueger)
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Julie Callihan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Maurer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David M. Bernstein .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as David Bernstein)
Robert Lorenz .... first assistant director
Tom Rooker .... second assistant director (as T. Rooker)
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... second assistant director (as Dodi L. Rubenstein)
Rosemarie Unite .... second second assistant director: Savannah (as Rose Unite)
Art Department
John H. Anderson .... set decorator: Savannah (as John Anderson)
Ron Ashmore .... stand-by painter
Cate Bangs .... lead set designer
Steve Belin .... art department researcher
Jann K. Engel .... lead set designer (as Jann Engel)
Frank M. Fleming .... leadperson: Savannah
Richard C. Goddard .... set decorator: Los Angeles (as Richard Goddard)
Chuck Herrmann .... assistant property master
Sylvia Shaw Judson .... artist: Bird Girl statue
Peter J. Kelly .... lead set designer (as Peter Kelly)
Al Mouradian .... greensman
James J. Murakami .... art director: Savannah
Charles Nixon III .... leadperson (as Charles Nixon)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... lead set designer
Sandra Renfroe .... leadperson: Los Angeles
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Rutchland)
Michael Sexton .... property master
Blue Sullivan .... art department researcher
Stacy Weddington .... buyer
Sean Bernard .... painter (uncredited)
Kenneth Bryant .... set dresser (uncredited)
Joe Connolly .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lillian Heyward .... signwriter (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... propmaker (uncredited)
Eric Luling .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Laura M. O'Brien .... construction buyer (uncredited)
James Passanante .... paint foreman: Savannah (uncredited)
Glenn Rivers .... set designer (uncredited)
Larry Sauls .... set dresser (uncredited)
Scott D. Warner .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... supervising sound editor
Neil Burrow .... foley editor
Scott Burrow .... foley editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... dialogue editor
Mike Dobie .... sound effects editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Patrick J. Foley .... dialogue editor (as Patrick Foley)
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Denise Horta .... adr editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley supervisor (as David Horton Jr.)
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
Scott D. Jackson .... foley editor
Stephen Janisz .... adr editor
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Constance A. Kazmer .... dialogue editor
Andy Kopetzky .... foley editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound effects editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
David Linton .... cable person
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Craig Nolan .... assistant sound editor
Kim Nolan .... assistant sound editor (as Kim Nolan-Morrell)
Jayme S. Parker .... sound effects editor (as Jayme Parker)
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound editor
John F. Reynolds .... dialogue editor
Bruce Richardson .... dialogue editor
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Paul C. Warschilka .... assistant sound editor (as Paul Warschilka)
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects editor
Robb Wilson .... assistant sound editor
Butch Wolf .... foley editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Phil Hadaway .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Casey Stone .... additional recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Ebert .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects consultant
Jim Jolly .... special effects (as Jim Jolley)
Tim Moran .... special effects
Joe Pancake .... special effects coordinator
Francis Pennington .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects coordinator: Savannah
George Orrison .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Denise Bailie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Denise Bailey)
Ed Blakely .... 24 frame video operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator: "a" camera
Paul Caven .... rigging chief lighting technician
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Sam Emerson .... still photographer (as Sam Young Emerson)
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
Jan Gould .... best boy
Peter N. Green .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Peter Green)
Frank Helbig .... assistant chief lighting technician: Savannah
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Frankie Jimenez)
William McConnell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Bill McConnell)
Charles Saldana .... key grip (as Charlie Saldaña)
Kevin Thompson .... chief lighting technician (as Kevin A. Thompson)
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "b" camera
Charles W. Wayt .... dolly grip (as Chuck Wayt)
Tom Bradley .... additional grip (uncredited)
Mark Duncan .... camera loader (uncredited)
Tom Fendley .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Hochman .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Jacqueline J. Nivens .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Randy Tharpe .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shay Griffin .... additional casting
Olivia Harris .... casting associate
Claudia Ramsumair .... casting assistant
Dennis Adams .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Kim Petrosky .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Evans .... set costumer
Sybil Gray .... key costumer
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor
Kate Sawyer .... costumer (as Kathleen Sawyer)
Peggy A. Schnitzer .... set costumer (as Peggy Schnitzer)
Wendy Moynihan .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Gary Roach .... assistant film editor
Don Roth .... assistant film editor
Brandon K. Hogan .... post-production (uncredited)
Music Department
Charlie Haden .... musician: bass
Donald Harris .... music editor (as Don Harris)
Ernie Watts .... musician: tenor sax
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Pete Bianco .... transportation captain
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
John Lybrand .... picture vehicles
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Ballentine .... transportation (uncredited)
Ronald F. Debranski II .... driver (uncredited)
Stu Dodge .... film runner (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... production driver (uncredited)
Jennifer Spell .... picture car driver (uncredited)
Tom Sweeney .... transportation office administrator (uncredited)
Toby Ring Thelin .... transportation (uncredited)
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: Savannah (uncredited)
Other crew
J. Thomas Bailey .... set assistant
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
David Becton .... insect wrangler
Laura Bryant .... assistant location manager
Marc Anthony Coar .... set assistant (as Marc Antony Coar)
Matthew Cope .... set assistant
Erin Corzine .... assistant: Ms. Zuckerman
Doug Dearth .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Laurence Ducceschi .... set assistant
Greg East .... first aid
John Findley .... assistant location manager (as John Findley III)
Megan Fogarty .... animal trainer
John Guss .... set assistant
Cate Hardman .... script supervisor
Bob Hartman .... production accountant (as Robert Hartman)
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Don Kincade .... set assistant
Antoinette Levine .... location manager
Jason D. McGatlin .... production coordinator (as Jason McGatlin)
April Melcher .... animal trainer
Dennis Miyamoto .... assistant accountant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Danny Morris .... craft service: Los Angeles
Sam Nesbitt .... location staff assistant
Ian Parker .... set assistant
Derry J. Pearce .... assistant accountant (as Derry Pearce)
Jeffrey Phelps .... set assistant
Michael Scott Reid .... set assistant
Melissa Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Mika Saito .... assistant production coordinator
Talley Singer .... set assistant (as Taylor Singer)
Jerrell Skinner .... set assistant
Heidi Smith .... assistant accountant
Blanche Sypher .... craft service: Savannah
Kristin Webb .... set assistant
Mike Welch .... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Andrew White .... production secretary
Doris Wood .... dance choreographer
Robert Yacobian .... assistant accountant
Doug Burch .... adr voice (uncredited)
Rebecca Gnann .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lisa Harrison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jerry Hunt .... stand-in (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Grey Moore .... video (uncredited)
Brian Ransom .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Spell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Alice Hayes .... acknowledgment: The BIRD GIRL Statue was made available for use in the film by the artist's daughter (as Mrs. Alice Hayes)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and brief violence
155 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 (original rating) | France:U | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:12 | Mexico:C | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (original rating) (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

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In the book, the narrator, who is played by John Cusack in the movie, is never mentioned by name.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
[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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41 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Good Lord, I can't take my eyes off Kevin Spacey, 13 April 2005
Author: S. M. ( from Lille, France

Like every film Clint Eastwood makes, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is fascinated by the mystery of masculinity: what it means to be a man, and what you have to do to be the kind of man you think you need to be -- whether that's a father, a member of a cultural group, or the ideal man in a certain social situation. Two highly-acclaimed recent Eastwood films -- "Mystic River" and "Million-Dollar Baby" -- mildly disappointed me by sinking into oversimplification and predictability. Possibly Eastwood's directing hand is more interesting when less "self-assured," because 1997's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" follows these questions down less well-defined, and thus less predictable, paths. Maintaining a scrupulously neutral eye, the film recounts a complex tale of murder, involving characters who are recognizable types on the surface but carry deep difference underneath. It unfurls a slow, rich, and troubling narrative which answers the mysteries of its crime premise even as it opens much more difficult questions about the very things that murder stories are supposed to make simple: innocence, guilt, motivations, affection, and its characters' so-called morality.

Thanks in large part to a literally mesmerizing performance by Kevin Spacey (I'm riveted every time he appears on screen) and a well- balanced turn by John Cusack as the sympathetic investigating reporter, who charms us even as he maintains a total and focused receptivity to new information and strange events, the movie fills its two and a half hours with a slow-paced and carefully balanced story that brings us into the suffocating green world of Southern Gothic, with its all its mannered refinements, thick silences and passionate secrets. There's something in this film that would have pleased Tennessee Williams or Truman Capote, those cool-eyed investigators of the closeted South. John Berendt's nuanced book, Spacey's restrained, smoldering performance and Eastwood's lucidly hands-off direction have created a strange, slow gem of a film. It's not a gem appreciated by everyone, but two years before Spacey's turn in "American Beauty" struck a chord that resonated with the wider public, "Midnight in the Garden" asks similar questions in a context that is, at the same time, more precise, more exotic, and equally American.

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