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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Produced by Clint Eastwood
Written by Book:
John Berendt
John Lee Hancock
Starring Kevin Spacey
John Cusack
Music by Lennie Niehaus
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Editing by Joel Cox
Studio Malpaso Productions
Silver Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) November 21, 1997
Running time 155 minutes
Country United States
Language English, French
Budget $30,000,000 (est.)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 film directed by Clint Eastwood, and an adaptation the book of the same name. The film features Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams and Jude Law as Billy Carl Hanson.

Several changes were made from the book. Many of the more colorful characters were eliminated or made into composite characters. The reporter, played by John Cusack, was based upon Berendt, but was given a love interest not featured in the book, played by Eastwood's daughter Alison Eastwood. The multiple Williams trials were combined into one on-screen trial. Jim Williams's real life attorney Sonny Seiler appeared in the movie in the role of Judge White, the presiding judge at the trial.

Advertising for the film became a source of controversy when Warner Bros. used elements of Jack Leigh's famous photograph in its movie posters without his permission.



Production notes

The film featured a cameo by Uga V, the English bulldog live mascot of the University of Georgia, playing his father, Uga IV. The Uga mascots live in Savannah between football games.


Reviews of the film were mixed, with a score of 52% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was praised, however for Spacey's likeness to Williams. The film's box office performance was ultimately disappointing. Fans of the book were disappointed with the film, particularly because of the many differences between the book and the film.


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released November 18, 1997
Length 58:04
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ernie Altschuler
Professional reviews

Integral to the film was the soundtrack Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture—1997, released in 1997. It is dedicated to the music of Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native. The CD includes versions of songs heard in the film.


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