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

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Anthony Ray Hinton: [to Walter on his potential execution] You know what they said to me when they pulled me over... one of you niggers did it and... if you didn't then you're taking one for your homies
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Arranged and Performed by Brother Samuel Cheatam
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10 May 2020 | by toneybrooks2003See all my reviews

I was born and raised in Alabama. I left the state in 1966 for the Army and Vietnam. The facts of this true story sicken me, they embarrass me and they anger me.

Whether it's Walter McMillian in the 1990's Alabama or General Michael Flynn today, miscarriages of Justice and the blatant abuse of power have no place in a civilized society. Perhaps this film will make this clear to those who have difficulty grasping that simple concept.


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10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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$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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