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Ghosts of Mississippi

1996 American biographical courtroom drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods Website

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    Sat May 09 2009

    I loved the way the director told the story murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. I felt that Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods portrayal of their characters were very real and did justice to their characters. I am glad I purchased this DVD even though I have seen the film a few times before.

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    Fri May 01 2009

    Years ago I saw the VHS edition of Ghosts of Mississippi on a library shelf. I was in the mood for a good Peter Straub ghost story; so I checked it out. It was not a ghost story, but I was far from disappointed. No ghost story has ever been as good as this story of fact. Most movies are not worth the time necessary to see them. Nevertheless I have seen hundreds of them, and Ghosts of Mississippi is one of my favorites. A recent viewing of the DVD motivated me to buy Of Long Memory, the book that the movie is based on. Almost finished with the book, I checked amazon, thinking of buying the movie for another viewing. Before buying it, I looked at the reviews. I think my reading of the book has given me something to contribute. Ghosts of Mississippi is far better than the older, sensationalistic Mississippi Burning, though the latter got six Oscar nominations. Ghosts of Mississippi got only two: one for James Woods' portrayal of the villain Beckwith, and one for makeup (probably for... Read more

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    Mon Apr 13 2009

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, "The Ghosts of Mississippi". I thought the acting was superb and the directing outstanding. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone of any age. It certainly marks a very important time and place in history. Bravo to everyone involved in the making of this very moving and classic movie. Joan

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    Sat Apr 11 2009

    This is not a happy story as it is a story about a murder surrounded by years of racism. The story is told of the tragic death of Medgar Evars (a civil rights activist) who was viciously gunned down by Byron De La Beckwith (a white supremacist). The film is brilliantly told by famed director Rob Reiner. The chilling and haunting performance of De La Beckwith by James Woods is worth the price of admission alone! This film should be seen by all Americans as it is a tragic story with a just and happy ending. All right lets get to the film. The film moves very quickly as you barely get a chance to take a breath. The film may even move a bit too fast but that can be overlooked. The acting was well done by lead actors Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg and had strong supporting acting from Craig T. Nelson and William H. Macy. But as I mentioned before James Woods stole the show with his absolutely BRILLIANT performance as De La Beckwith. Woods was nominated for an Oscar and was robbed w... Read more

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    Sun Apr 05 2009

    I love things on Civil Rights, yet I've found nearly all to be extremely boring. This movie is the MOST engaging and gripping movie on this topic, ever created. I LOVE that it is full of history! It has far more history than any other film of its type or genre, in history. I LOVE that it Evers' son playing himself in it. I love the fact that, for a real treat, we even have The Great Martin Luther King's grand-daughter, playing Merlie's daughter. I love that Detective Bennett, plays himself, Dective Bennett in it. I love that it mentions Goodman, Chaney and Schwarner, without the sterile blandness of Mississippi Burning. I LOVE that this film covers everything and more, is SO full of history, and real people from history playing themselves. This film is a history buff's delight. This film smashes it right out of the ballpark in terms of ege-of-your-seat suspense, and true historical value. In contrast, Mississippi Burning (which I also own), is very methodical in comparison. Very bl... Read more