World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Walter McMillian
Charlie Pye Jr. Charlie Pye Jr. ... Charlie the Tree Expert
Michael Harding ... Sheriff Tate
Christopher Wolfe ... Jim Wilkes
Michael B. Jordan ... Bryan Stevenson
J. Alphonse Nicholson ... Henry Davis
Adam Boyer ... Prison Guard
Jacinte Blankenship ... Christy Stevenson
Bryan G. Stevenson Bryan G. Stevenson ... Howard Stevenson, Jr.
Brad Sanders ... Howard Stevenson, Sr.
Charmin Lee ... Alice Stevenson
Brie Larson ... Eva Ansley
Sebastian Eugene Hansen ... Kris Ansley
John Lacy ... Bill Freeman, Office Manager
Dominic Bogart ... Doug Ansley

How Real Life Inspired and Informed 'Just Mercy'

Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and their Just Mercy co-stars join activist Bryan Stevenson to discuss the movie’s themes and how films can help affect social justice.

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A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx,) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them. Written by Gregg Brilliant

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Based on the true story of a modern hero. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some racial epithets. | See all certifications »

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This is Brie Larson and Destin Daniel Cretton's third collaboration together after The Glass Castle (2017) and Short Term 12 (2013). See more »

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One cuff comes off when John McMillian is taken away in handcuffs by two policemen in court. See more »

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Bryan Stevenson: I came out of law school with grand ideas in my mind about how to change the world. But Mr. McMillian made me realize we can't change the world with only ideas in our minds. We need conviction in our hearts. this man taught me how to stay hopeful, because I now know that hopelessness is the enemy of justice. Hope allows us to push for word, even when the truth is distorted by the people in power. It allows us to stand when they tell us to sit down, and to speak when they say be quiet.
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No More Auction Block
Arranged by Bernice Johnson Reagon (as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon)
Performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Courtesy of SHE-ROCKS 5, Inc.
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Emotional Roller Coaster
12 January 2020 | by lukyboy1See all my reviews

Phenomenal job by Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Foxx. Sad to see that we are still seeing this type of injustice. The only way this will be minimize is by educating ourselves and becoming lawyers, judges, politicians that will truly make a difference. Watching this movie most likely will make you angry, and emotional. We just need to better ourselves to make a difference in our communities.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,858, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$36,001,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,401,502
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1.85 : 1
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