Ghosts of Mississippi

1996, History/Drama, 2h 10m

30 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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James Woods is convincing as a white supremacist, but everything else rings false in this courtroom drama, which examines a weighty subject from the least interesting perspective. Read critic reviews

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In this film based on actual events, black activist Medgar Evers (James Pickens Jr.) is murdered in 1963, and much of the evidence points toward white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods). However, after two trials, De La Beckwith is acquitted twice by a jury of whites. Now, decades later in 1989, Evers' widow, Myrlie (Whoopi Goldberg), thinks she has evidence to finally convict him. But no lawyer will touch the case except the young and brash Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin).

Cast & Crew

Alec Baldwin
Bobby DeLaughter, Assistant D.A. Hinds Co. Mississippi
Whoopi Goldberg
Myrlie Evers
James Woods
Byron De La Beckwith
Craig T. Nelson
Ed Peters, District Attorney Hinds Co. Mississippi
Lucas Black
Burt DeLaughter
William H. Macy
Charlie Crisco, Bobby DeLaughter's Assistant
Lloyd Bennett
Benny Bennett
Virginia Madsen
Dixie DeLaughter
Wayne Rogers
Morris Dees
Bill Cobbs
Charlie Evers
Charles Newirth
Executive Producer
Jeffrey Stott
Executive Producer
Marc Shaiman
Original Music
John Seale
Cinematographer
Lilly Kilvert
Production Design
Karen O'Hara
Set Decoration
Gloria Gresham
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