On July 27, 1996, a homemade bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, the host city for that year’s Summer Olympics. Two people died and 100 were hurt in the attack.
The movie, based on a book by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen, “The Suspect,” and a “Vanity fair article” by Marie Brenner, isn’t about the bomber( Eric Rudolph, arrested in 2003), but rather about the security guard who found a backpack full of explosives and shrapnel under a bench and sounded the alarm.
Though he acts bravely and responsibly at a moment of crisis, Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) isn’t entirely a hero, and “Richard Jewell” doesn’t quite belong in the gallery with “Sully” and “American Sniper”, Eastwood’s other recent portraits of exceptional Americans in trying circumstances, but is a morality tale about the vulnerability of the individual citizen in the face of state power and about the fate of a private person menaced by the machinery of publicity.
Eastwood, cleverly invites the audience to judge Jewell on the basis of prejudices we might not even admit to ourselves. He’s overweight. He lives with his mother, Bobi (Kathy Bates). He has a habit of taking things too seriously and of trying a little too hard to fit in, but Eastwood
makes the radical decision to respect him as he is, and to show how easily his honesty and decency are distorted and exploited by the predators who descend on him at what should be his moment of glory.

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Produced by

Tim Moore
Jessica Meier
Kevin Misher
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Davisson
Jonah Hill
Clint Eastwood

Screenplay by Billy Ray
Based on “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell”
by Marie Brenner


Sam Rockwell
Kathy Bates
Jon Hamm
Olivia Wilde
Paul Walter Hauser

Music by Arturo Sandoval
Cinematography Yves Bélanger
Edited by Joel Cox

Malpaso Productions
Appian Way Productions
Misher Films
75 Year Plan Productions

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date

November 20, 2019 (AFI Fest)
December 13, 2019 (United States)

Running time
129 minutes
Country United States

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell discovers a suspicious backpack under a bench in Centennial Park. With little time to spare, he helps to evacuate the area until the incendiary device inside the bag explodes. Hailed as a hero who saved lives, Jewell’s own life starts to unravel when the FBI names him the prime suspect in the bombing.

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