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Murder in Mississippi

96 min
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Roger Young
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1990-02-05
Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tom Hulce
Mickey Schwerner
Jennifer Grey
Rita Schwerner
Blair Underwood
James Chaney
CCH Pounder
Fannie Lee Chaney
Andre Braugher
John Dennis Johnston
Hatchet-faced man
Donzaleigh Abernathy
Royce D. Applegate
Deputy Winter
Harry Caesar
Hollis Watkins
Josh Charles
Andrew Goodman
Lou Walker
Scott Lawrence
Eugene Byrd
Ben Jr
J. Don Ferguson
Walton Goggins
Lyle (as Walt Goggins)
Jill Jane Clements
Ida Flowers
Thom Gossom Jr.
Charlie Parham (as Thom Gossom)
Greg Kinnear
News reporter
Bill Coates
Rev. Jenkins
Ted Manson
Wilbur Combs
Tanzia Franks
Barbara Chaney
Ray McKinnon
Lyle's father
Muriel Moore
Betty Combs
Tom Nowicki
Afemo Omilami
Bob Moses
Elizabeth Omilami
Charlies Wife
Billy Ray Reynolds
Klansman #2
Joan Riordan
Older white woman
P.J. Shinall
Female heckler
Judson Vaughn
Charlotte Walker
Older black woman
Alonzo Ward
Cavanaugh Yelling
Older black man
L. Warren Young
Barry Hopkins
Courthouse Photographer (uncredited)
Daryl Wilcher
Reggie (uncredited)
Did you know?
In a 2009 interview with the Houston, Texas, magazine "OutSmart," Tom Hulce said that while they were shooting this movie outside of Atlanta, Georgia, there was a call for extras to appear in a Ku Klux Klan rally scene, and some of the potential extras brought their own personal Klan outfits. Hulce called that "a little tense".
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This telefilm is based on the real-life lynchings of three civil rights workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Henry Schwerner, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on June 21, 1964. Chaney (from Mississippi) and Schwerner and Goodman (from New York) had been working to register voters in Neshoba County, Mississippi, when they were arrested on trumped-up charges, released to the Ku Klux Klan, and murdered and buried by the Klan. After the state would not try the case, there was a federal prosecution that resulted (in 1967) in no prison sentence over 6 years for any of the conspirators to murder the three men (the presiding judge told a reporter, "they killed one nigger, one Jew, and a white man [though in fact, both Goodman and Schwerner were Jewish.] I gave them all what I thought they deserved.") On June 21, 2005 (the 41st anniversary of the murders), the Klansman who was widely believed to have been the ringleader of the crimes, Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison. See also the trivia page for Mississippi Burning (which was loosely based on the Goodman-Chaney-Schwerner murders).
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