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Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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Releases January 10, 2020
Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.

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Credited cast:
Brie Larson ... Eva Ansley
Michael B. Jordan ... Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx ... Walter McMillian
Tim Blake Nelson ... Ralph Myers
Rafe Spall ... Tommy Champan
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Anthony Ray Hinton
Rob Morgan ... Herbert Richardson
Drew Scheid ... Linus
Claire Bronson ... Mrs. Chapman
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Darnell Houston
Rhoda Griffis ... Judge Pamela Bachab
Tonea Stewart ... Mrs. Coleman
Steve Coulter ... Judge Buren
Elizabeth Becka ... Mrs. Franklin
Denitra Isler ... Evelyn
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A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx,) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them. Written by Gregg Brilliant

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some racial epithets.
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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In a November 21, 2018, interview with Michael B. Jordan on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Jordan said that Just Mercy was the first movie he had made with an Inclusion Rider. He said, "it looked and felt like a set that I've always wanted to have." See more »

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Take some of the very negative scores with a grain of salt....the film is amazing.
22 October 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw "Just Mercy" a few days ago at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was blown away by the film....and I consider it to be one of the best movies I've seen in recent years. I could easily see the picture receiving several Oscar nominations---especially for acting. Imagine my suprise when I looked on IMDB and saw a score of 5.6 and some negative reviews! I am not exactly sure what this is all about and perhaps it's because there are some angry pro-capital punishment folks or some who simply hate a film with a mostly black cast. All I know is that the film is a quality production and kept my interest throughout.

The story is based on the work of Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard graduate who chose to move to Alabama and work for a small salary to help examine the convictions of men on death row...men who in some cases were not guilty at all. How could anyone NOT applaud this sort of thing?!

Overall, a brilliantly written film that made me sad and angry....and I love when a film effects me that way. The acting was top-notch, the story magnificent and the writing amazing. Just ignore all the negativity and see this one....you'll be happy you did. As for me, I'd consider this perhaps the best American film of the decade...it's THAT good.


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