A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is beaten by three white men, and shot dead by one of them, and how an all-white jury found him not guilty. The plot focuses on two characters: a local high-school teacher, recently returned from college, who organizes the black community to march to the state capital to protest the unjust verdict; and a white minister, who loses much of his congregation because of his racially liberal views during the civil rights era.
Michael Rooker as Defense attorney Billy Watkins
Gattlin Griffith as Tim Tyson
Lee Norris as Roger Oakley
Susan Walters as Martha Tyson
Omar Benson Miller as Herman Cozart
Ricky Schroder as Vernon Tyson
Nick Searcy as Robert Teel
Emily Alyn Lind as Julie Tyson
Lela Rochon as Roseanna Allen
Darrin Dewitt Henson as Eddie McCoy
Nate Parker as Ben Chavis
Sandra Ellis Lafferty as Grandma Jessie
Rhoda Griffis as Isabel Taylor
Michael May as Gerald Teel
The film has a score of 49 out of 100 at Metacritic which indicates "average reviews".