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Actors: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law Director: Clint Eastwood Rating: Features: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 155 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Release Date: June 1, 2010 Theatrical Release Date: 1997 Studio: Warner Home Video
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The most important party of the Savannah Christmas season ends with a bang! when affable host Jim Williams Kevin Spacey shoots a man to death. The party is over, the investigation begins. Director Clint Eastwood weaves murder, mystery and voodoo into a sumptuous adaptation of the John Berendt bestseller based on true events. Spacey and John Cusack as a journalist drawn to Savannah’s decadence and eccentrics lead a nimble cast that includes Jack Thompson, Alison Eastwood and The Lady Chablis. For “one of the best American films of the year” Boston Herald, rendezvous at Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Readers of John Berendt's bestselling novel were bound to be at least somewhat disappointed by this big-screen adaptation, but despite mixed reaction from critics and audiences, there's still plenty to admire about director Clint Eastwood's take on the material. Readers will surely miss the rich atmosphere and societal detail that Berendt brought to his "Savannah story," and the movie can only scratch the surface of Georgian history, tradition, and wealthy decadence underlying Berendt's fact-based murder mystery. Still, Eastwood maintains an assured focus on the wonderful eccentrics of Savannah, most notably a gay Savannah antiques dealer superbly played by Kevin Spacey, who may or may not have killed his friend and alleged lover Jude Law. John Cusack plays the Town & Country journalist who arrives in Savannah to find much more than he bargained for--including the city's legendary drag queen Lady Chablis playing "herself"--and John Lee Hancock's smoothly adapted screenplay succeeds in bringing Berendt's characters vividly to life with plenty of flavorful dialogue. --Jeff Shannon