Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) Review


Medgar Evers was murdered in 1963 by a white racist named Byron De La Beckwith, Mississippi district attorney Bobby DeLaughter is determined to eventually bring him to justice 30 years after the event and let his widow Myrlie Evers find peace.


*New title – Ghosts from the Past*

A film like this one is always very difficult to watch and take in even more so given the events which have occurred in the past couple of months with Black Lives Matter echoing around the world. The worst thing about that then shows that times have not fully changed at all in America even since this case from a murder in 1963.

Medgar Evers was a civil rights leader who worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi and end the segregation of public facilities therefore expanding opportunities for African Americans which included the enforcement of voting rights. He was assassinated after constant threat of death considering the large white supremacist population and the Ku Klux Klan were present in Jackson.

The story within the film mainly focuses on the third and final trial for Byron De La Beckwith after two previous trials where the jury was hung on the verdict. Myrlie Evers constantly fought for justice for her husband and it was something that consumed her life. She did not really have much hope that Bobby DeLaughter would be any different to the previous lawyers who had worked on the case.

The court scenes are pretty impressive in the film and it certainly brings out a very good side to Alec Baldwin’s acting ability, also interesting to see him with an accent in a film as well. James Woods was Oscar nominated in a supporting role as Beckwith and I can get why as you really did hate that character so much! Whoopi Goldberg was a perfect choice for the film and is given some very good moments and works well in the scenes with Baldwin.

A very different type of film for Rob Reiner to direct, it certainly has some very emotional and tough moments which is nothing less than you would expect from a film of this nature. Well acted from the whole cast to highlight a very important event in American history of segregation.

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