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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

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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The original 60 Minutes: Woody Allen/Johnny D/Hard Choices (1992) show, seen reenacted here, was first broadcast on 22nd November 1992 with the header: Woody Allen/Johnny D/Hard Choices. 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

Bryan Stevenson: [in the US Senate Hearing on the Death Penalty] Through this work, I've learned that each of us is more than the worst thing that we've ever done; that the opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice; that the character of our nation isn't reflected on how we treat the rich and the privileged, but how we treat the poor, the disfavored, and condemned.
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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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4 June 2020 | by annetleSee all my reviews

This movie had me in tears and is so relevant now. The ending message is so important at a time like this. The acting was phenomenal. I have not read the book, so am unable to compare the two. Jamie Foxx's acting was incredible. Do not pay attention to the reviews which say no new storyline or nothing groundbreaking. The racism and flaws prevalent in our criminal justice system deserve to be highlighted and emphasized time and time again. The characters in this movie are REAL people and that makes it all the more heart wrenching and impactful.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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