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Ghosts of Mississippi

Ghosts of Mississippi film poster
Directed by Rob Reiner
Produced by Nicholas Paleologos
Rob Reiner
Andrew Scheinman
Frederick Zollo
Charles Newirth
Jeff Stott
Written by Lewis Colick
Starring Alec Baldwin
Whoopi Goldberg
James Woods
William H. Macy
Craig T. Nelson
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography John Seale
Editing by Robert Leighton
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) December 20, 1996
Running time 130 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $13,323,144 (Domestic)

Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the white supremacist accused of the 1963 assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

James Woods was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Byron De La Beckwith.The original music score was composed by Marc Shaiman and the cinematography is by John Seale. In 2008, AFI nominated Ghosts of Mississippi for the Courtroom Drama segment of its AFI's 10 Top 10 special but the movie did not make the final countdown.[1]



Medgar Evers is a black civil rights activist in Mississippi who was murdered by an assassin on June 12, 1963. It is later suspected that Byron De La Beckwith, a white supremist, is the murderer and he would be tried twice and both trials ended in hung juries. In 1989, Evers' widow Myrlie, who had been trying to bring De La Beckwith to justice for over 25 years, believes she has what it takes to bring him to trial again. Although most of the evidence from the old trial had disappeared, Bobby DeLaughter, an assistant District Attorney, decided to help her despite being warned that it might hurt his political aspirations and despite the strain that it caused in his marriage. DeLaughter becomes primarily involved with bringing De La Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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  1. ^ "AFI's Top Ten Film Genres"

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