World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Walter McMillian
Charlie Pye Jr. Charlie Pye Jr. ... Charlie the Tree Expert
Michael Harding ... Sheriff Tate
Christopher Wolfe ... Jim Wilkes
Michael B. Jordan ... Bryan Stevenson
J. Alphonse Nicholson ... Henry Davis
Adam Boyer ... Prison Guard
Jacinte Blankenship ... Christy Stevenson
Bryan G. Stevenson Bryan G. Stevenson ... Howard Stevenson, Jr.
Brad Sanders ... Howard Stevenson, Sr.
Charmin Lee ... Alice Stevenson
Brie Larson ... Eva Ansley
Sebastian Eugene Hansen ... Kris Ansley
John Lacy ... Bill Freeman, Office Manager
Dominic Bogart ... Doug Ansley

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Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and their Just Mercy co-stars join activist Bryan Stevenson to discuss the movie’s themes and how films can help affect social justice.

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A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (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. Written by Gregg Brilliant

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some racial epithets. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson have appeared in films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael B. Jordan appeared in Black Panther (2018). Brie Larson appeared in Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In addition, Destin Daniel Cretton's next film he will be directing is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). Tim Blake Nelson also appeared in the MCU in the Incredible Hulk (2008). And Rob Morgan played Turk Barrett in the MCU Defenders-verse (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders). See more »


One cuff comes off when John McMillian is taken away in handcuffs by two policemen in court. See more »


Walter McMillian: [to Herb] You need to be in a hospital not here
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Dream Come True
Written and Performed by Hilton Felton
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9 June 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

... and wonders why this didn't get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars - in a year where there are no rules, would seem appropriate for The Academy to give this another go, especially as Michael B. Jordan gives us a searing performance as a man intent on getting justice. An inspiration to us all and for always.

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Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Mercy See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,858, 29 December 2019

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Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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