Just Mercy is a 2019 American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Karan Kendrick, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson, C.J. LeBlanc and others.
Warner Bros. Pictures on Monday, December 02, 2019 released the trailer:
JUST MERCY - Main Trailer.
In 1989, idealistic young Harvard law graduate Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) travels to Alabama hoping to help fight for poor people who cannot afford proper legal representation. He meets with Eva Ansley (Brie Larson) and founds the Equal Justice Initiative, then travels to a prison to meet its death row inmates. He meets Walter (Jamie Foxx) "Johnny D." McMillian, an African-American man who was convicted of the 1986 murder of Ronda Morrison, a white woman. Stevenson looks over the evidence in the case and discovers it hinges entirely on the testimony of convicted felon Ralph Myers (Tim Blake Nelson), who provided highly self-contradictory testimony in exchange for a lighter sentence in his own pending trial.
Stevenson's first move is to ask prosecutor Tommy Chapman (Rafe Spall) for aid; Chapman dismisses him without even looking at Stevenson's notes. Stevenson then asks McMillian family friend Darnell Houston (Darrell Britt-Gibson) to testify that he was with a witness who corroborated Myers' testimony the day of the murder, which would cause the prosecution's case to fall apart. When Stevenson submits Houston's testimony, police arrest him for perjury. While Stevenson is able to get the perjury charges dismissed, Houston is intimidated into refusing to testify in court.
Stevenson then approaches Myers himself, who eventually admits that his testimony was coerced after police played to his fear of being burned and threatened to have him executed by electric chair. Stevenson appeals to the local court to grant McMillan a retrial and successfully convinces Myers to recant his testimony on the stand, but the judge nevertheless refuses to grant a retrial. Distraught, Stevenson vents his frustrations about the case to Ansley. He appears on 60 Minutes to rally public support in favor of McMillan, then appeals to the Supreme Court of Alabama. The Supreme Court overturns the circuit court's decision, and grants McMillan his retrial. Stevenson then motions to have the charges dismissed entirely. He confronts Chapman at his home and tries to convince him to join him in his motion; Chapman angrily ejects him from his property. The day of the motion comes, and Stevenson appeals to the judge. Chapman agrees to join him in his motion, the case is dismissed, and McMillan is finally reunited with his family.
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The film Just Mercy was scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019 (TIFF), on December 25, 2019 (United States), on January 17, 2020 (United Kingdom), on February 14, 2020 (Turkey), on February 17, 2020 and on February 27, 2020 (Germany) by Warner Bros. Pictures, NOS Audiovisuais, Tanweer Alliances and Warner Bros. F.E..
The duration of the film is 136 minutes. With a budget of $25 million, the film grossed over $50.4 million.
The film Just Mercy is rated with "PG-13" rating.
Just Mercy got high rating from critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.
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