This is a long-awaited film telling the story of the trials of Medgar Evers' killer. Medger Evers (James Pickens, Jr.) was a black civil-rights activist in Mississippi who was shot to death in 1963. Despite very persuasive evidence that Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) was indeed his killer, the all-white juries hearing his case at that time acquitted him (he was tried twice). In this film, with the aid of Ever's widow Myrlie (Whoopie Goldberg), Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin), a young lawyer, gathers enough new evidence to bring Beckwith in for a third trial. Woods' performance as a wise-cracking bigot is one of the film's highlights. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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I was born after desegregation and it blows me away to think that in my parents' lifetime everything was segregated - not only schools and neighborhoods but also restrooms, drinking fountains, restaurants, motels, stores. This movie really hits home the point that while desegregation is illegal, it doesn't stop people from feeling hatred and thinking terrible things. And sometimes taking action on those terrible thoughts. Here is an example of a little thing that really sat me back in my chair: Alec Baldwin goes into the court house restroom. On the door is a sign that has been painted over - it states 'Whites Only'. Wow! That sign could have been removed from the door but instead it was simply painted over - the raised letters still visible and easy to read. This movie is a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in civil rights. It will make you seek out additional information on the courageous Medgar Evers.
very powerfull i find it hard to beleave ppl can be so cruel, i just want to go up to james woods n just smack him but i realize its just acting. i cried how can someone hate so bad just because the diffrence of the color of skin just because they want to be treated equal, great cast i wouldent change a thing i highly recomend this film.
Powerful film! It depicts the cruelty of racism, and the reconciling approach of a White man who seeks the peace of his own soul as he identifies with the family man who was murdered for being a Black Civil Rights Activist.