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Murder in Mississippi (1990)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 5 February 1990
In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.

Director:

Roger Young

Writers:

Stanley Weiser, Ben Stein (article)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hulce ... Mickey Schwerner
Jennifer Grey ... Rita Schwerner
Blair Underwood ... James Chaney
CCH Pounder ... Fannie Lee Chaney
Andre Braugher ... Dennis
John Dennis Johnston ... Hatchet-Faced Man
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Sue
Royce D. Applegate ... Deputy Winter
Harry Caesar ... Hollis Watkins
Josh Charles ... Andrew Goodman
Lou Walker
Scott Lawrence ... Matt Suarez
Eugene Byrd ... Ben Jr.
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson
Walton Goggins ... Lyle (as Walt Goggins)
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In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en Mississippi See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This telefilm is based on the real-life lynchings of three civil rights workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Henry Schwerner, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on June 21, 1964. Chaney (from Mississippi) and Schwerner and Goodman (from New York) had been working to register voters in Neshoba County, Mississippi, when they were arrested on trumped-up charges, released to the Ku Klux Klan, and murdered and buried by the Klan. After the state would not try the case, there was a federal prosecution that resulted (in 1967) in no prison sentence over 6 years for any of the conspirators to murder the three men (the presiding judge told a reporter, "they killed one nigger, one Jew, and a white man [though in fact, both Goodman and Schwerner were Jewish.] I gave them all what I thought they deserved.") On June 21, 2005 (the 41st anniversary of the murders), the Klansman who was widely believed to have been the ringleader of the crimes, Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison. See also the trivia page for Mississippi Burning (which was loosely based on the Goodman-Chaney-Schwerner murders). See more »

Connections

Version of Mississippi Burning (1988) See more »

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An overlooked gem that should be on video
10 May 2001 | by msporterSee all my reviews

This movie is set in Mississippi in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement. What did the civil rights workers from up North face when they went South for registration drives and other civil rights work? What kind of people were they? This gem of a movie tells the story of three civil rights workers, two from up North, who paid the ultimate price for their dedication. This movie is beautifully written and acted. It is based on a true story and was developed from a story written by Ben Stein. Since this site uses a 10 point rating system, I rate this movie a 10. I am a movie lover and this movie is on my top 25 list.

This movie should be out in video!

Mike Porter


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