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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Details


Clint Eastwood directed this adaptation of John Berendt's non-fiction best-seller about a Savannah, Georgia, murder case. When this film was released, Berendt's book had been on best-seller lists for four years. As the film begins, New York journalist John Kelso (John Cusack), alter ego of author Berendt, arrives in Savannah to do a brief Town and Country article on the annual Christmas party given by sophisticated, urbane antique dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey), who restored many mansions in Savannah, including the famed Mercer House where he lives. After the party, Williams kills his rude, violent lover Billy Hanson (Jude Law), explaining it as a necessary act of self-defense. Kelso decides to stay in Savannah to cover the trial, encountering a variety of colorful locals, eccentric and otherwise, including black transvestite nightclub performer Lady Chablis (appearing as herself), financially challenged bon vivant Joe Odom (Paul Hipp), vocalist Mandy Nichols (Alison Eastwood), voodoo priestess Minerva (Irma P. Hall), and Williams's deceptively powerful defense attorney Sonny Seiler (Australian actor Jack Thompson with a very convincing Southern accent). Kelso develops a romantic interest in Mandy while tracking the events that led up to the killing. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:November 21, 1997


Kevin Spacey
as Jim Williams
John Cusack
as John Kelso
Jack Thompson
as Sonny Seiler
Alison Eastwood
as Mandy Nichols
Irma P. Hall
as Minerva
Paul Hipp
as Joe Odom
Jude Law
as Billy Hanson
Anne Haney
as Margaret Williams
Kim Hunter
as Betty Harty
Geoffrey Lewis
as Luther Driggers
Rhoda Griffis
as Card Club Woman #2
Shannon Eubanks
as Mrs. Hamilton
Rhoda Griffis
as Card Club Woman #2


Clint Eastwood
Arnold Stiefel
Clint Eastwood
John Lee Hancock
John Berendt
Book Author
Jack N. Green
Joel Cox
Henry Bumstead
Production Designer
James Murakami
Art Director
Tom Rooker
Michael Maurer
Associate Producer
Anita Zuckerman
Executive Producer
John H. Anderson
Set Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lorenz
First Assistant Director
Phyllis Huffman