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Ghosts of Mississippi (Columbia, 1996)

Ghosts of Mississippi was an American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. The film is based on the 1994 trial of Byron De La Beckwith, a white supremacist accused of the 1963 assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. De La Beckwith had been tried twice before and both trials resulted in hung juries. In 1989, Evers’ widow Myrlie, who had been trying to get justice for Medgar for 25 years, asked Assistant District Attorney Bobby DeLaughter to try again. DeLaughter was warned the third trial may hurt his political aspirations and, though it strained his marriage, he went ahead with the trial.

Alec Baldwin played DeLaughter, Whoopi Goldberg portrayed Myrlie and James Woods was De La Beckwith. Also starring in Ghosts of Mississippi was Virginia Madsen, Craig T. Nelson, William H. Macy, Diane Ladd and Margo Martindale. Produced for $36 million, it brought in over $13 million.

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