• Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Release Date: November 21st, 1997

DVD Release Date: July 1st, 1998

R |2 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

In this adaptation of John Berendt's book, a young journalist, John Kelso (John Cusack), travels to Savannah, Ga., to cover the city's Christmas celebration amid a backdrop of eccentric characters. He becomes intrigued by a sultry singer, Mandy (Alison Eastwood), and engrossed by a murder trial. Wealthy society figure Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) is accused of shooting his male lover, and the question is whether it was in self-defense as he claims.

Cast: Kevin Spacey, John Cusack, Jack Thompson, The Lady Chablis , Alison Eastwood, Irma P. Hall, Paul Hipp, Jude Law

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Bros., Silver Pictures

Keywords: Murder , 1980s , Amusing , Mystery , Love interest , Offbeat , Judge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Kevin Spacey gives a richly nuanced performance as the accused killer, and director Clint Eastwood makes the sometimes sordid story less sensationalistic than it might have seemed in less accomplished hands. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Eastwood has captured a peculiar yet involving slice of life. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Clint Eastwood's film is a determined attempt to be faithful to the book's spirit, but something ineffable is lost just by turning on the camera: Nothing we see can be as amazing as what we've imagined. show more

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