Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

The Real People in the Garden: Comprehensive interactive tour of Savannah with historical notes and interviews with the people depicted in the book and the movie; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Clint Eastwood re-affirmed his directorial talents with this adept, atmospheric portrait of Savannah, GA based on John Berendt's wildly popular non-fiction bestseller. Eastwood wonderfully captures the pervasive feel of the Southern city's idiosyncratic subculture: The Savannah of Midnight is a world in which the everyday and the bizarre are one and the same. The film itself has a similar Southern drawl, unhurried and rich with suggestion. Kevin Spacey plays the potentially-murderous Jim Williams such that the character becomes a metaphor for the internally-conflicted South. John Cusack is reliably likeable, though the film's dependence on his character to move the plot along is one of its chief weaknesses. A couple of factors may have harmed Midnight's success at the box office: its laid-back, 155-minute running time is a bit long for most attention spans; and Eastwood took on the near-impossible task of visualizing a story that had already been realized in the heads of millions of readers. Still, the film remains a wonderful snapshot of an original, completely American slice of life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • UPC: 883929107711
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,682

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Jim Williams
John Cusack John Kelso
Jack Thompson Sonny Seiler
Lady Chablis herself
Alison Eastwood Mandy Nichols
Irma P. Hall Minerva
Paul Hipp Joe Odom
Jude Law Billy Hanson
Dorothy Loudon Serena Dawes
Anne Haney Margaret Williams
Kim Hunter Betty Harty
Geoffrey Lewis Luther Driggers
Shannon Eubanks Mrs. Hamilton
Rhoda Griffis Card Club Woman #2
Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director, Producer
John Berendt Source Author
James Murakami Art Director
Jack Gammon Taylor Jr. Art Director
Michael Maurer Associate Producer
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Tom Rooker Co-producer
Joel Cox Editor
Anita Zuckerman Executive Producer
Arnold Stiefel Producer
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
John Lee Hancock Screenwriter
John H. Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
1. "Skylark" [1:40]
2. Welcome/Savannah [3:34]
3. Walking the Dogs [4:17]
4. Enjoy Not Knowing [2:05]
5. On Edge of a Party [6:10]
6. Eye/Framing Things [1:54]
7. Armed Partygoers [4:48]
8. Colorful Character [4:58]
9. No Coincidences [2:08]
10. New York Is Boring [4:32]
11. Characters in Book? [3:22]
12. The Lady Chablis [6:53]
13. Luther Not Eating [3:11]
14. Good and Evil [8:28]
15. The Right Flower [1:33]
16. Doll's White Boy [4:47]
17. Btwn Jim & Billy [4:00]
18. The Dog Pound [1:51]
19. A Good Time.... [5:17]
20. Time for a Kiss [4:41]
21. All the Nuts [2:04]
22. Opening Statements [4:57]
23. Boone Coup/Grace [3:31]
24. Seiler Coup/Grace [:49]
25. Tucker Testimony [6:01]
26. The Lady Wants In [2:09]
27. Belle of the Ball [3:21]
28. Disturb the Peace [2:21]
29. Coming-Out Party [3:20]
30. All Else Pure Lady [1:22]
31. Get Under Control [2:58]
32. Not From Me [2:10]
33. Mission to Morgue [6:21]
34. A Confession [3:55]
35. Jimbo's Got 'Em [3:19]
36. Horrible Events [3:01]
37. You Be the Judge [3:50]
38. The Verdict [2:38]
39. Quarrel With Dead [3:19]
40. Eye of Beholder [2:29]
41. Dead Men's Eyes [1:56]
42. Picnic for Lovers [2:41]
43. Watch Over Dead [5:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Kevin Spacey - Jim Williams
         John Cusack - John Kelso
         Jack Thompson - Sonny Seiler
         The Lady Chablis - Herself
         Alison Eastwood - Mandy Nichols
         Irma P. Hall - Minerva
         Paul Hipp - Joe Odom
         Jude Law - Billy Hanson
         Produced by Arnold Stiefel
         Screenplay by John Lee Hancock
         Based Upon the Book by John Berendt
         Produced and Directed by Clint Eastwood
      Casting
      Savannah Shooting
      Savannah: Jewel of the South
      Johnny Mercer - The Music of "Midnight"
      Johnny Mercer - Academy Award Nominations & Oscars
      UGA - The Tradition Struts On
      The Adaptation
      Soundtrack Promo
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Real People in the Garden
   Languages
      Soundtracks: English
      Soundtracks: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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      Actors
      Director
      Genre
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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    I loved this movie when it first came out. Had read the book fi

    I loved this movie when it first came out. Had read the book first & the movie followed closely. Shortly after seeing the movie I vacationed in Savannah & took one of the tours where we were shown all the locations & got more information about the real life characters. I've watched the movie 3 or 4 times since.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great

    One of my favorite movies that not too many people know about. It is a movie I have re-watched and stands apart from so many others, but if your looking for something to compare it too- try Secret Window with Johnny Depp. It is truly one of the greatest movies I have ever watched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clint Eastwood ... A Superb Director!

    Saw it at the movies;purchased 2 copies. Excellent directing;acting;and casting. You wish you had made the list for the Christmas party!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Addictive and enchanting.

    Leaves you wanting to know more about the intricate characters and their way of life after Jim Williams. A must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Beauty and the Beastly

    Each character lingers in your memory like the frangrance of lilacs wafting through the soft summer evening. You want it to go on forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sort of creepy, but on my top10

    The first time that I saw the movie was on tv a couple of years ago. I thought I would hate it but after about 15 minutes, I was hooked, it keeps you guessing as to what really happened. Overall it was a great movie.

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