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Murder in Mississippi
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Written byStanley Weiser
Directed byRoger Young
StarringTom Hulce
Blair Underwood
Jennifer Grey
Music byMason K. Daring
Elmer Bernstein
(uncredited score
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersDavid L. Wolper
Bernard Sofronski
ProducersMark Wolper
Tova Laiter (co-executive producer)
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
EditorBenjamin A. Weissman
Running time96 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • February 5, 1990 (1990-02-05)

Murder in Mississippi is a 1990 television film which dramatized the last weeks of civil rights activists Michael "Mickey" Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, and the events leading up to their disappearance and subsequent murder during Freedom Summer in 1964. It starred Tom Hulce as Schwerner, Jennifer Grey as his wife Rita, Blair Underwood as Chaney, and Josh Charles as Goodman. Hulce received a nomination for Best Actor in a TV Miniseries at the 1990 Golden Globes.

As a historical docudrama, Murder in Mississippi precedes the storylines of both 1975's Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan and 1988's Mississippi Burning.

Murder in Mississippi is the title of a 1964 Norman Rockwell painting depicting the same events. The painting is also known as Southern Justice.


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In addition, Murder in Mississippi features an early role of Greg Kinnear, who was a television personality at the time; Kinnear appears at the end as a reporter - also named Greg Kinnear - covering the discovery of the remains of Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman.

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