Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx won top film honors at the 51st NAACP Image Awards, receiving the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Just Mercy (2019)
NAME OF FILM: JUST MERCY (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Destin Daniel Cretton
STARRING: Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: A powerful and thought-provoking true story, JUST MERCY follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
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