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Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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Releases January 10, 2020
Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.
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Credited cast:
Brie Larson ... Eva Ansley
Michael B. Jordan ... Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx ... Walter McMillian
Tim Blake Nelson ... Ralph Myers
Rafe Spall ... Tommy Champan
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Anthony Ray Hinton
Rhoda Griffis ... Judge Pamela Bachab
Rob Morgan ... Herbert Richardson
Claire Bronson ... Mrs. Chapman
Drew Scheid ... Linus
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Darnell Houston
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Judge Foster
Steve Coulter ... Judge Buren
Tonea Stewart ... Mrs. Coleman
Denitra Isler ... Evelyn
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some racial epithets. | See all certifications »

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English

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10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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3 October 2019 | by jsph_calabreseSee all my reviews

I gained as much from Bryan Stevenson's powerful 10 minute TIFF screening introduction as I did from the 2 hour+ movie itself.

His character was void of nuance, overcame no personal obstacle, and experienced no true arc or transformation. Even Jesus Christ faced temptation in the desert... Stevenson being a perfect inspirational hero at every turn makes this narrative hard to connect with below the surface.

The well-intentioned message here works as a visual companion to one of his TED talks, but not as compelling cinema.


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