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Just Mercy (2019)

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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

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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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Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson have appeared in films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael B. Jordan appeared in Black Panther (2018). Brie Larson appeared in Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In addition, Destin Daniel Cretton's next film he will be directing is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). Tim Blake Nelson also appeared in the MCU in the Incredible Hulk (2008). And Rob Morgan played Turk Barrett in the MCU Defenders-verse (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders). See more »

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When inmate Herbert Richardson is put to death in the Alabama electric chair known as "Yellow Mama", his face is not covered with a mask. See more »

Quotes

Judge Foster: SIT Down Son!
John McMillian: [defiantly] Not if you're going to go kill my dad sir!
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Like a Boss/Just Mercy (2020) See more »

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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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An important story, well told
26 January 2020 | by cliftonofunSee all my reviews

First things first: I love this book, and I love Bryan Stevenson. So I was not walking into this film cold. In fact, I found myself wondering how they could possibly adapt a memoir that transcends many years and cases without becoming a confusing legal mashup with way too much talking. The good news is that the filmmakers brilliantly adapted the story: they zero in on a few key cases and the initial years of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides a meaningful beginning/middle/end. They also got amazing performances from everyone involved, most notably Jordan and Fox. In short, it works better than I expected. That said, they still fell into the trap of characters providing exposition via dialogue and the story feeling a bit too much like previous legal dramas - earnest young lawyer, suspicious community, triumphant verdict (and some familiar Hollywood approaches to race, as well). Here's the thing, though: this story is actually true. Between that knowledge and the performances, I found myself pretty emotionally impacted, even if there were some flaws. I also got to see the way my 10 year old daughter reacted to the story, which reminded me that we need WAY more stories like this about people who are making the world a better place, one day at a time.


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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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