Release Date: 1/17/2020
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Studio(s): Netter Productions, Warner Bros.
Running Time: Unknown
Cast: Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson; Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian; Brie Larson as Eva Ansley; O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Anthony Ray Hinton; Tim Blake Nelson as Ralph Myers; Rob Morgan as Herbert Richardson.
Story: 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.
The film’s epilogue notes that Bryan and Eva continue to fight for justice to the present day. Walter remained friends with Bryan until his death in 2013. A follow-up investigation into Morrison’s death confirmed Walter’s innocence and posited that a white man was likely responsible; the case has never been solved. Source: Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB; Finance.yahoo.com; Wikipedia; Shadow and Act.