Ghosts of Mississippi

Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Lewis Colick
Director of Photography: John Seale
Editor: Robert Leighton
Music: Marc Shaiman
Production Designer:Lilly Kilvert
Producers: Rob Reiner, Frederick Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos and Andrew Scheinman
Castle Rock; PG-13; 120 minutes
Release: 12/96
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, William H. Macy and Bill Cobbs

Whoopi Goldberg
Ghosts of Mississippi
Sidney Baldwin/Castle Rock
How does this happen? A Hollywood dramatization of a true story, one that involves one of our society's flash points, and it's curiously short on drama. But there's no shortage of melodramatic sermonizing, especially by the film's hero, Bobby DeLaughter (Baldwin), who even has second thoughts about singing “Dixie” to his young daughter. As the prosecuting attorney in the Medgar Evers murder case, DeLaughter works diligently to bring justice and closure to the victim's family, which has been waiting 30 years for a conviction of racist murderer Byron De La Beckwith (Woods), who got off in two earlier trials. Goldberg, in an uncharacteristicly dignified role, shows a quiet nobility as Evers's widow.