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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
- Clint Eastwood

Overview - Bringing John Berendt's international best-selling novel, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, to the screen must have been a challenge. The book is essentially an anecdotal travelogue of the fascinating city of Savannah, Georgia. The filmmakers decided to add a character, John Kelso (well played by John Cusack), a writer from New York, who's meant to represent Berendt's point of view.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Bringing John Berendt's international best-selling novel, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, to the screen must have been a challenge. The book is essentially an anecdotal travelogue of the fascinating city of Savannah, Georgia. The filmmakers decided to add a character, John Kelso (well played by John Cusack), a writer from New York, who's meant to represent Berendt's point of view. They also put most of the focus of the narrative on the murder trial of local millionaire socialite Jim Williams (the redoubtable Kevin Spacey). This is slightly problematic in that Kelso, a mere observer, now becomes the central character of the film. But director Clint Eastwood (straying from his usual milieu, and, atypically, not appearing the film) and writer John Lee Hancock still manage to capture the quirky spirit of the book. They're greatly aided in this regard by the lush images of cinematographer Jack N. Green and the detailed work of production designer Henry Bumstead, who create just the right atmosphere for the small city and its environs. The strong cast, including actual Savannah residents such as sparkplug transsexual the Lady Chablis, makes the film an enjoyable idyll in a strange yet welcoming place.

Cast List

Arnold Stiefel
Lennie Niehaus
Terry Rhoads
John Duncan - Actor
Dorothy Kingery - Actress
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Emma Kelly
Virginia Duncan
Margaret R. Davis - Actress
Gary Anthony Williams - Actor
Bess S. Thompson - Actress
John Cusack - American actor, SAY ANYTHING/GROSSE POINTE BLANK
Alison Eastwood - Actress/Daughter Of Clint
Patricia Herd
Kevin Harry - Actor
Joel Cox - Editor, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
Nick Gillie
Dan Biggers
Paul Hipp - Actor/Director Of Photography
Leon Rippy - Supporting Actor
Tyrone Lee Weaver
Collin Wilcox Paxton
John Lee Hancock
Tim Black - Actor
Jin Hi Soucy
Jack Thompson - Australian Actor
Dorothy Loudon - American Stage/TV Actress
Patrika Darbo - Supporting Actress
Amanda Kingery - Actress
Henry Bumstead - Production Designer, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
Harry Bumstead - Production Designer, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
Geoffrey Lewis - American Character Actor
Joann Pflug
Aleta Mitchell
J. Patrick McCormack
Shannon Eubanks
Ted Manson - Actor
Michael O'Hagan - Actor
Victor Brandt
Georgia Allen - Actress
Kevin Spacey - American actor
Jude Law - British Actor, WILDE (1997)
Sonny Seiler
James Moody
Doug Dearth
John Berendt - Novelist
Lady Chablis - Drag queen
Judith Robinson
Charles Black - Actor/"P.O.W. Deathcamp"
Kim Hunter - Oscar-winning American actress, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Janet Cole - Oscar-winning American actress, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Bob Gunton - American Supporting Actor
Greg Goossen
Susan Kingery
Richard Herd - American Actor
Muriel Moore - Actress
Michael Rosenbaum - Actor
Irma P. Hall - Actress/"A Family Thing"
Anne Haney
Rhoda Griffis
Jack N. Green - Director of Photography, SERENITY (2005)
Jack Green - Director of Photography, SERENITY (2005)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 145
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929107711
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2010

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Gay/Lesbian
Law/Lawyers
Murder
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Synopsis:
A New York magazine reporter becomes caught up in the wiles and eccentricities of genteel society in Savannah, Georgia, when the host of the Christmas party he is covering is charged with murder. Clint Eastwood directs a lush production whose plot matches the leisurely pace set by the characters.

Notes:
Theatrical release: November 21, 1997. The film was shot on location in Savannah, Georgia, and in Los Angeles. Several of the colorful local characters in the book, including the Lady Chablis, hairdresser Jerry Spence, and the piano player, Emma Kelly, play themselves in the film. Sonny Seiler, Jim Williams's lawyer, who is played by Jack Thompson in the film, plays Judge White. Former University of Georgia mascot Uga IV (the bulldog) is played by his own offspring, Uga V, who himself was named top college mascot by Sports Illustrated. The film's soundtrack is a tribute to Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, featuring versions of Mercer songs by such artists as kd lang, Paula Cole, Alison Krauss, Rosemary Clooney, and Joe Williams. Clint Eastwood himself contributes vocals to a version of "Accentuate the Positive." The actual case against Jim Williams, as detailed in the book, went on for several years. He was originally convicted of murder, but the conviction was thrown out on appeal. There were two more trials before he was acquitted.

Reviews:
"...Kevin Spacey puts in yet another effortlessly suave turn..." - 03/01/1998 Sight and Sound, p.52-3


"...There are some great character studies in this movie..." - 02/01/1998 Box Office, p.57

 
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