Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Information

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and an adaptation of the book of the same name which was based on real-life events that took place in Savannah, Georgia in the 1980s. The film features Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams and John Cusack as John Kelso.

Several changes were made from the book. Many of the more colorful characters were eliminated or made into composite characters. The reporter, played by John Cusack, was based upon Berendt, but was given a love interest not featured in the book, played by Eastwood's daughter Alison Eastwood. The multiple Williams trials were combined into one on-screen trial. Jim Williams' real life attorney Sonny Seiler appeared in the movie in the role of Judge White, the presiding judge at the trial.

Advertising for the film became a source of controversy when Warner Bros. used elements of Jack Leigh's famous photograph in its movie posters without his permission.


  • Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams
  • John Cusack as John Kelso
  • Jack Thompson as Sonny Seiler
  • Irma P. Hall as Minerva
  • Jude Law as Billy Hanson
  • Alison Eastwood as Mandy Nicholls
  • Paul Hipp as Joe Odom
  • The Lady Chablis as Chablis Deveau
  • Kim Hunter as Betty Harty
  • Geoffrey Lewis as Luther Driggers
  • Bob Gunton as Finley Largent
  • Richard Herd as Henry Skerridge
  • Leon Rippy as Detective Boone
  • Michael Faber as Diner Cook #2 (Uncredited)


Filming started in spring 1997, and was shot in Savannah, Georgia. The film featured a cameo by Uga V, the English bulldog live mascot of the University of Georgia, playing his father, Uga IV. The Uga mascots live in Savannah between football games.


Reviews of the film were mixed, with a score of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. Casting in the film was praised, however, for Spacey's likeness to Williams. The film's box office performance was ultimately disappointing.

Spacey won the best supporting actor award from the Society of Texas Film Critics.


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Integral to the film was the soundtrack which was released in 1997. It is dedicated to the music of Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native. The CD includes versions of songs heard in the film.

Track listing

See also

  • Bird Girl

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