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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 3 January 1997 (USA)
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby DeLaughter
... Byron De La Beckwith
... Dixie DeLaughter
... Myrlie Evers
... Peggy Lloyd
... Ed Peters
... Burt DeLaughter
Joseph Tello ... Drew DeLaughter
... Claire DeLaughter (as Alexa Vega)
... Charlie Crisco
Ben Bennett ... Benny Bennett (as Lloyd 'Benny' Bennett)
Darrell Evers ... Himself
Yolanda King ... Reena Evers
... Jerry Mitchell
James Van Evers ... Van Evers
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Ghosts of Mississippi is a real-life drama covering the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the assassin of heroic civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The movie begins with the murder on June 12, 1963 and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in hung juries. The movie then covers district attorney Bobby De Laughter's transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers' widow, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Byron De La Beckwith was convicted on February 5, 1994, after having remained a free man for much of the 30 years after the murder, giving justice for Medgar Evers' family. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his wife and children. In 1994, the time was right for justice. See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for a strong scene of violence and for racial dialogue | See all certifications »

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3 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Fantasmas del pasado  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$168,012, 22 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,052,741, 16 March 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Medgar Evers' two sons Darrell Evers and James Van Evers played themselves in this film. His widow Myrlie Evers was also one of this film's consultants. See more »

Goofs

When the DeLaughter and his investigators drive up to a gas station, the prices for gas are all under a dollar. When DeLaughter is on the phone to Myrlie Evers standing on the other side of the signs, the prices are all now over a dollar. See more »

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Medgar Evers: I love the land of my birth. I do not mean just America as a country, but Mississippi - the State in which I was born.
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Mannish Boy
Written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield), Bo Diddley (as Elias McDaniel) and Melvin London
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Solid ghosts
17 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Glossy but highly effective thriller based on the true story of an attempt to bring a racially motivated killer to trial. The film suffers from a certain liberal obviousness: brave, charming white man (who loves his kids) and dignified black widow fight side by side for justice; but it's always compelling, and pertinent too. No magic, then, but a strong story: one of director Rob Reiner's better efforts.


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