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When a corporation comes to a Southern town to bulldoze an historic African American neighborhood, there is a confrontation between a former sheriff with past sins and an ex-civil rights worker whose brother was murdered 40 years before.

Genre - Drama

Director(s) - Giancarlo Esposito

Writer(s) - Giancarlo Esposito, Jeffrey Pratt Gordon, Jeff Stacey and Terrell Tannen

Cast - Danny Glover, Giancarlo Esposito, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Adam Baldwin, Nia Long, Tom Bower, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge Financier

Distributor(s) - Twentieth Century Fox (US Theatrical and DVD) and MG Film (Croatia)

Release Date - 2009

Synopsis - In the Southern town of Julia, residents of the black neighborhood of Gospel Hill are being forced out of their homes to make way for a multimillion-dollar golf course development.
Race relations are strained just as they were 40 years before, when Peter Malcolm, a black civil rights activist (Samuel L. Jackson), was assassinated. Dr. Ron Palmer (Giancarlo Esposito), an influential black community leader who runs the emergency clinic in Gospel Hill, is supporting the golf course development and helping to push people off their land.

Peter Malcolm's son, John Malcolm (Danny Glover), withdrew from the community and the fight for civil rights after his father's assassination, haunted by feelings of hatred for Jack Herrod (Tom Bower). Herrod, the town's bigoted, ex-sheriff, was responsible for letting the investigation of Peter's murder dissipate, without anyone being charged. Meanwhile, Sarah Malcolm (Angela Bassett), John's wife, battles Dr. Palmer and reveals his greedy profiteering to the whole town.

Jack's sons are Carl Herrod (Adam Baldwin), an iconoclastic lawyer, who is having an affair with the doctor's wife (Nia Long), and Joel Herrod (Taylor Kitsch), who has tried to distance himself from his father's reputation. Joel has a struggling landscaping business that flourishes when he begins to work for Dr. Palmer, but when he falls in love with Rosie (Julia Stiles), a school teacher helping Sarah fight Palmer, the conflict of interest becomes too great to ignore.

These characters' lives intertwine as Dr. Palmer obtains real estate and pushes the development seeking they city's approval; Sarah struggles to get John involved as she fights to expose the doctor; Joel deals with his father's increasing animosity; Jack Herrod, discovering he is terminally ill, has secretly reopened the case of Peter Malcolm's murder; and John Malcolm begins to realize that the fight for equality didn't die with his brother--that it continues in every breath the town takes, and he knows that if Sarah continues to stir the hornet's nest that the town of Julia has become, he will be thrust into the position he shared with his brother 40 years ago.

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