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Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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How Real Life Inspired and Informed 'Just Mercy'

Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and their Just Mercy co-stars join activist Bryan Stevenson to discuss the movie’s themes and how films can help affect social justice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus A. Griffin Jr. ... Charlie
Michael B. Jordan ... Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx ... Walter McMillian
Brie Larson ... Eva Ansley
Rob Morgan ... Herbert Richardson
Tim Blake Nelson ... Ralph Myers
Rafe Spall ... Tommy Champan
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Anthony Ray Hinton
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Judge Foster
C.J. LeBlanc C.J. LeBlanc ... John McMillian
Ron Clinton Smith ... Woodrow Ikner
Dominic Bogart ... Doug Ansley
Hayes Mercure ... Jeremy
Karan Kendrick ... Minnie McMillian
Kirk Bovill ... David Walker
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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. | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$13,612,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,612,643
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1.85 : 1
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Extremely moving, powerful.
5 October 2019 | by emiliecunning-21094See all my reviews

An important film for our times about racial injustice and the cruelty that is the US criminal justice system. Very moving and powerful. Wonderful performances from the two main leads - Jordan and Foxx, with strong supporting performances from Brie Larson and Rafe Spall. Recommend to anyone who wants to become a lawyer or is just interested in US politics and history.


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