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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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21 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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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)
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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)
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 D. 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)
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)
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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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Chile:14 | 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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27 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Garden of Diverse Foliage, Weeds and Blooms, 5 August 2004
Author: pwoods1 from Adelaide, South Australia

Sometimes, the measure of a good garden is the diversity of opinions it attracts: looking back over other writers' comments, one is struck by just how good this one must be. Some see weeds and disarray - a classic hothouse garden gone to seed - yet others perceive an Autumnal garden: garish in its primary colours of Fall yet splendid in its descent into decay. A splash of brilliance before the inevitable passage into death of all living things.

Luckily, I read Berendt's book before seeing the film, and realise just how hard Hancock must have worked to translate it to the screen. It is also, in my mind, one of Eastwood's best (if not THE best) directorial outings. The casting is superb. Not a 'clunker' among them. As an evocation of the decline of the contemporary South, I would offer that it is nonpareil: lazy, sleazy, desperate at times, yet possessed of a dignity that is long past in the rest-of-the-world. Whilst Savannah is not the Big Easy, as portrayed it has much of its charm, artifice, and implied danger. And there's the rub when becoming engrossed in this garden of smoke and mirrors. It appeals to those of us who can only be outsiders looking in.

The inclusion in the screenplay of Kelsoe's love interest (not present in the book) was, for me, an acceptable complication. It juxtaposed the "Yankee's" at times ingenuous fascination with all around him. His apparent ambivalence toward the sexuality aimed at him by the central characters (Jim and the Lady Chablis are obviously enamoured of him) becomes anchored in his desire to be part of their world but on his terms. Thus the inclusion of a heterosexual relationship which leads to his decision to stay.

I would offer, however, that one of the most telling scenes (at least in exploration of Kelsoe's character) is his obvious pride in the 'overpaint' - given to him by Jim - hanging on his newly-acquired wall as he tells his 'love-interest' that he is 'here to stay' for at least six months as he writes his book. It is not the presented landscape itself which intrigues us: it is the possibility that something more valuable resides beneath. A mystery left unsolved. Just like Savannah, really. An excellent film. Enjoy it for itself.

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