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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

Original Title : Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Director : Clint Eastwood
Writer : John Berendt
John Lee Hancock
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Clint Eastwood , Michael Maurer , Tom Rooker , Arnold Stiefel , Anita Zuckerman
Music : Ziggy Elman
Lennie Niehaus
Paula Cole
Photography : Jack N. Green
Distributor : Argentina Video Home (AVH)
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language and brief violence.
IMDB ID : 0119668
Official site : http://www.goodandevil.com/
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Starring

John Cusack John Kelso
Kevin Spacey James 'Jim' Williams
Jack Thompson Sonny Seiler
Irma P. Hall Minerva
Jude Law Billy Carl Hanson
Alison Eastwood Mandy Nichols
Paul Hipp Joe Odom
Lady Chablis Chablis Deveau (as The Lady Chablis
Dorothy Loudon Serena Dawes
Anne Haney Margaret Williams
Kim Hunter Betty Harty
Geoffrey Lewis Luther Driggers
Richard Herd Henry Skerridge
Leon Rippy Detective Boone
Bob Gunton Finley Largent
Michael O'Hagan Geza Von Habsburg
Gary Anthony Williams Bus Driver
Tim Black Jeff Braswell
Muriel Moore Mrs. Baxter
Sonny Seiler Judge White
Terry Rhoads Assistant D.A.
Victor Brandt Bailiff
Patricia Herd Juror
Nick Gillie Juror
Patrika Darbo Sara Warren
J. Patrick McCormack Doctor
Emma Kelly Herself
Tyrone Lee Weaver Ellis
Greg Goossen Prison Cell Lunatic (as Gregory Goossen
Shannon Eubanks Mrs. Hamilton
Virginia Duncan Card Club Woman
Rhoda Griffis Card Club Woman
Judith Robinson Card Club Woman
Jo Ann Pflug Cynthia Vaughn (as Joann Pflug
James Moody Mr. Glover
John Duncan Gentleman in Park
Bess S. Thompson Pretty Girl
Jin Hi Soucy Receptionist
Michael Rosenbaum George Tucker
Dan Biggers Harry Cramm
Georgia Allen Lucille Wright
Collin Wilcox Paxton Woman at party
Charles Black Alpha
Aleta Mitchell Alphabette
Kevin Harry Phillip (as Michael 'Kevin' Harry
Dorothy Kingery Jim Williams' Sister
Amanda Kingery Jim Williams' Niece Amanda
Susan Kingery Jim Williams' Niece Susan
Ted Manson Passerby
Margaret R. Davis Ruth
Danny Nelson Senator
Bree Luck Woman at Club
Ann Cusack Delivery Woman
Jerry Spence Hair Dresser
Karl Dahlquist Jail Guard (uncredited
Lawrence Mandley Inmate (uncredited
 

Plot

This panoramic tale of Savannah's eccentricities focuses on a murder and the subsequent trial of Jim Williams: self made man, art collector, antiques dealer, bon vivant and semi-closeted homosexual. John Kelso a magazine reporter finds himself in Savannah amid the beautiful architecture and odd doings to write a feature on one of William's famous Christmas parties. He is intrigued by Williams from the start, but his curiosity is piqued when he meets Jim's violent, young and sexy lover, Billy. Later that night, Billy is dead, and Kelso stays on to cover the murder trial. Along the way he encounters the irrepressible Lady Chablis, a drag queen commedienne, Sonny Seiler, lawyer to Williams, whose famous dog UGA is the official mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, an odd man who keeps flies attached to mini leashes on his lapels and threatens daily to poison the water supply, the Married Ladies Card Club, and Minerva, a spiritualist. Between being Jim's buddy, cuddling up to a torch singer, meeting every eccentric in Savannah, participating in midnight graveyard rituals and helping solve the mysteries surrounding Billy's murder, Kelso has his hands full.
 

Comments

You will feel the passage of every dull second., 23 March 2004 Author: TheSymbul from Washington, US Lifeless. Flat. Uninspired. Half-baked. These really words really hold up only through the first hour and forty-five minutes, at which point an ending would have been charitable. For the next 50 minutes I sunk into pure, mind-numbing disbelief that the film continued. I have not been as conscious of a movie's interminable length since DiCapprio's "Man in the Iron Mask," which was two hours long and seemed like four. Kevin Spacey is a remarkable actor and John Cusack is sometimes brilliant and almost always fun, but they are powerless to save this movie and in fact you will watch with horror as they vanish into its gaping maw. There is a mystery you don't care about, a romance you don't care about, scene after uninteresting scene. Forgettable characters, forgettable lines. Each new thread in the plot is introduced and then forgotten about, abandoned but not revised. You will be left positively unfrightened by a randomly inserted graveyard voodoo scene, and struggle to be surprised by Spacey's tacked-on homosexuality and to care at all about the half-hearted, nearly invisible cliches that ensue.
 
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