By Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 17, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

A pious, self-congratulatory history lesson from Rob Reiner in which the importance of slain black 1960s civil rights activist Medgar Evers somehow becomes secondary to the triumph of a white Mississippi assistant DA (Alec Baldwin), who successfully convicts Evers’ murderer (James Woods) 31 years after the event.

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