Ghosts of Mississippi
|Director of Photography:||John Seale|
|Production Designer:||Lilly Kilvert|
|Producers:||Rob Reiner, Frederick Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos and Andrew Scheinman|
|Castle Rock; PG-13; 120 minutes|
|Cast:||Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, William H. Macy and Bill Cobbs|
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.