Ghosts of Mississippi | 1996

Drama, Adaptation
Shortly after midnight on June 12, 1963, an assassin's bullet ended the life of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, the first field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in ...more
Director: Rob Reiner
Awards: 2 Oscar nominations. Another 1 nomination | full awards »

Cast

... Bobby DeLaughter

Actor

... Myrlie Evers

Actor

... Byron de la Beckwith

Actor

... Ed Peters

Actor

... Peggy Lloyd

Actor

... Burt DeLaughter

Actor

... Drew DeLaughter

Actor

... Claire DeLaughter

Actor

... Charlie Crisco

Actor

... Benny Bennett

Actor

... Himself

Actor

... Reena Evers

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Book as Source Material

Company

4 Corners Entertainment

Production Company

525 Post Production

Production Company

Production Company

Action Sports

Production Company

Production Company

Audio-Visual Records Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Production Company

Synopsis

Shortly after midnight on June 12, 1963, an assassin's bullet ended the life of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, the first field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the state of Mississippi. His killer was white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, who was released after two trials in 1963 ended in hung juries. Nearly thirty-one years would pass before justice would make its peace with Medgar Evers. After he is assigned to reopen the case, Assistant District Attorney Bobby DeLaughter enlists the aid of investigators Charlie Crisco and Benny Bennett in uncovering evidence once thought impossible to reclaim. Throughout a journey filled with self-doubt and public criticism, he pursues not only justice for Medgar and Myrlie, his victimized widow, but also proof that Mississippi can change for the better as well.

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