Ghosts of Mississippi


2h 3m 1996

Brief 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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ghosts From The Past, Skuggor från det förflutna
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Historical
Mystery
Biography
Political
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Mississippi, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

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.

Crew

Louis Armstrong

Other

David M Atkinson

Accounting Assistant

Jeff Atmajian

Music Arranger

Richard Augenstein

Security

Myron Baker

Costumes

Brooks Baldwin

Dialect Coach

Sidney R. Baldwin

Photography

Kirk E Bales

Grip

George Bamber

Assistant Director

Ted Basso

Driver

Bostic Beard

Assistant

Alan Edward Bell

Editor

Greg Benge

Assistant Property Master

Tony Bennett

Song Performer

Kevin Berman

Security

Richard Beymer

Stock Footage

Robert A. Blackburn

Other

Vaughn R Bladen

Driver

David Blitstein

Special Effects Coordinator

Jason Bogard

Accounting Assistant

Tristan Bourne

Dresser

Steve Bowerman

Boom Operator

Chuck Brown

Dolly Grip

Ed Bryson

Other

Lane Burch

Adr

Christopher Burian-mohr

Art Director

Dennis Butterworth

Other

Frank Capra

Coproducer

Frank Capra

Assistant Director

Jonathan Capra

Production Assistant

John F Carney

Best Boy

Peggy Casey

On-Set Dresser

Hazel Catmull

Hair Stylist

Mandy Chamberlin

Costumes

Eric Cheung

Sound

Allegra Clegg

Unit Production Manager

Olivia M Baker Coklin

Driver

Lewis Colick

Screenplay

Kyle Cooper

Titles

John Cucci

Foley

Carrie Czufin

Caterer

Hallie D'amore

Makeup Artist

Dick Dallas

Song

Jan Dally

Driver

John Dardis

Electrician

Rick Darnell

Song

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Yann Delpuech

Sound Editor

Deborah Lamia Denevar

Makeup

Delmar Dennis

Special Thanks To

Andrew Dickler

Assistant Editor

Michael Dimarzo

Security

Tom Donovan

Driver

C Benny Douglas Iii

Production Assistant

Kim Drummond

Foley Editor

Robert Eber

Sound Mixer

Mona S Edwards

Other

Gregg Elam

Stunt Coordinator

Chuck Eskridge

Other

Darrell Evers

Other

Myrlie Evers

Consultant

Myrlie Evers

Book As Source Material

Curtis Failor

Electrician

Dionne Farris

Other

Dionne Farris

Song Performer

Gary C. Ferraro

Caterer

Terri Ferraro

Caterer

Arlene Fishbach

Music

Alison Fisher

Dialogue Editor

Jennifer Fishman Pate

Casting Associate

Elizabeth Flaherty

Art Department Coordinator

Mo Flam

Gaffer

Carmen Flores De Tanis

Adr

Karin Fong

Titles

Fred Fouquet

Titles

Leigh French

Adr

Alex Frisch

Visual Effects

Carl Fullerton

Makeup

Sean Gallagher

Foreman

Bryan Garofalo

Assistant Property Master

Bobby J Garren

Other

Michael Germain

Makeup

Cara Giannini

Production Assistant

Vince Gill

Song

Vince Gill

Song Performer

Trish Gallaher Glenn

Property Master

Jess Gonchor

Other

Jamie Gordon

Assistant

Willie Grant

On-Set Dresser

Gloria Gresham

Costume Designer

Robert Grieve

Sound Editor

Todd Griffith

Grip

Gregg Guellow

Best Boy Grip

Diva Haase

Assistant

Tony Hallinan

Song

Tony Hallinan

Song Performer

Billy Hansard

Special Effects

Rusty Hanson

Stunts

Charles Harrington

Location Manager

Kimberly Harris

Adr Editor

Roy Hawkins

Song

Steve Hellerstein

Driver

Mo Henry

Negative Cutting

Mark Herman

Music

Dan Higgins

Other

Janet Hirshenson

Casting

John Holcombe

Foreman

Craig Hosking

Helicopter Pilot

Debra James

Production Coordinator

Nicholas James

Foley Editor

Jane Jenkins

Casting

Clyde K Johnson

Driver

Mark L Johnson

Camera

Robert Johnson

Song

Robert Johnson

Song Performer

Julie Jones

Production Accountant

Matthew Jones

Song Performer

Matthew Jones

Song

Pam Jones

Assistant

Artie Kane

Music Conductor

Eddie Karam

Music Conductor

David Katz

Video Playback

Alan S Kaye

Set Designer

Lilly Kilvert

Production Designer

B. B. King

Song Performer

Robin Knight

Key Grip

Erwin H Kupitz

Wig Supplier

Mark Lanza

Sound Editor

David R Lawson

Other

Paul Lazebnik

Assistant Production Coordinator

Stephanie Lee Stears

Production Assistant

Robert Leighton

Editor

Tom Leonardis

Assistant

Al Lewis

Production Assistant

Ted Lewis

Grip

Fred Liberman

Driver

Kelly Lindquist

Costumes

Melvin London

Song

Trevor Loomis

Assistant Camera Operator

Barbara Lorenz

Hair Stylist

Adrienne Manhan

Costume Supervisor

Steven Mann

Other

Dylan K Massin

Production Assistant

Liz Matthews

Location Manager

Marilyn Matthews

Assistant Costume Designer

J. Steven Matzinger

Assistant

David Mayreis

Costumes

Elias Mcdaniel

Song

William H Mcilhany

Special Thanks To

Kerry Lyn Mckissick

Script Supervisor

Peter Mcmanus

Post-Production Accountant

Tricia Miles

Post-Production Supervisor

Danny Miller

Assistant Editor

Michael Molen

Foreman

Fae Moore

Production Assistant

John Wayne Moore

Driver

Mckinley Morganfield

Song

Willie Morris

Consultant

Matthew W. Mungle

Makeup

Todd Murata

Assistant Camera Operator

Jody A Naccarato

Caterer

Nick Navarro

Assistant Art Director

Charles J. Newirth

Executive Producer

Charles J. Newirth

Unit Production Manager

Katie Nilson

Electrician

Rob Nokes

Assistant Sound Editor

Christopher S Nushawg

Assistant Art Director

Jim J O'banion

Production Assistant

Dan O'connell

Foley

Kevin O'connell

Rerecording

Karen O'hara

Set Decorator

Bettina O'mara

Production

Bethany Orlemann

Assistant Editor

Lisa Ozanne

On-Set Dresser

Greg Pace

Production Assistant

Nicholas Paleologos

Producer

Mark Pallatt

On-Set Dresser

Nina F Parikh

Production Assistant

Michael Parker

Production Assistant

Chris Pascuzzo

On-Set Dresser

Kevin Patterson

Other

Jeffery R Payne

Dialogue Editor

Bill Peters

Book As Source Material

William H Phen

Foreman

Ed Powell

Driver

Richard R Powell

On-Set Dresser

William Prevatte

Driver

Liz Probst

Production

Rick Provenzano

Hair Stylist

Bob Putynkowksi

Color Timer

Willie Radcliff

Craft Service

Jalon Raney

Stunts

Rob Reiner

Producer

Fred Robbins

Driver

Cal Roberts

Assistant Camera Operator

Wayne Roberts

Driver

Marci Rosenberg

Assistant

Tim Roslan

Transportation Coordinator

Eli Roth

Production Assistant

Patrick Russ

Music Arranger

Film Details

Also Known As
Ghosts From The Past, Skuggor från det förflutna
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Historical
Mystery
Biography
Political
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Mississippi, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Award Nominations

Best Makeup

1996

Best Supporting Actor

1996
James Woods

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States December 20, 1996

Released in United States on Video July 15, 1997

Released in United States Winter December 20, 1996

Wide Release in United States January 3, 1997

The story of Medgar and Myrlie Evers has previously been told in the PBS/American Playhouse film "For Us, the Living" (USA/1983), directed by Michael Schultz and starring Howard E. Rollins, Jr. and Irene Cara.

Began shooting April 30, 1996.

Completed shooting July 26, 1996.

Wide Release in United States January 3, 1997

Released in United States on Video July 15, 1997

Limited Release in United States December 20, 1996

Released in United States Winter December 20, 1996