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Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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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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Cast

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

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USA

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English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,858, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$35,524,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,524,112
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1.85 : 1
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In one scene, Bryan and Eva are sitting on the banks of the Alabama River watching a recreation of a nineteenth-century riverboat (the Harriott) sail by. Bryan says to Eva, "Nobody wants to remember that this is where thousands of enslaved people were shipped in and paraded up the street to be sold. Ten miles from here, black people were pulled from their homes and lynched and nobody talks about it. " This is a nod to the fact that years after this movie takes place, during the 2000s, Stevenson's organization the Equal Justice Initiative expanded its mission; although it continues to provide legal defense and advocacy for prisoners on death row, children in adult prisons, people who have been wrongfully convicted, and others in need of defense, they also started to memorialize the history of slavery and lynching in America. In April 2018, EJI opened two new facilities. One was the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, a museum located in a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The other was National Memorial for Peace and Justice, dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people and people terrorized and murdered by lynching. EJI also works with communities to install historical markers that acknowledge lynchings in those cities' pasts. See more »

Quotes

Bryan Stevenson: The first time I visited Death Row, I wasn't expecting to meet someone the same age as me... from a neighborhood just like ours coulda been me.
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Excellent Performances In Compelling Movie
9 January 2020 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I just got out of an advanced screening of Just Mercy. I was surprised to see it was only half full. Normally these advanced screenings are almost sell outs.

I can't believe this blatant injustice was based on a true story, based off the lawyers book. Considering it is based on a true story, it is a bit precicfable at times, and you know where it is going most of the time. I also need to add, it is not a feel good movie at all, but I think most people will like it.

It is a very compelling movie, I was wrapped up in it throughout. Michael B Jordon is terrific, Jamie Foxx gives his best performance since Collateral and Ray!! Rob Morgan and Tim Blake Nelson offer solid support, whilst Brie Larson is also effective. Possibly my favourite performance from her.

It will be interesting to see if it gets any Oscar love, Foxx really deserves a best supporting nomination. I hope this finds an audience, it deserves to.


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