THE WORLD WILL KNOW HIS NAME AND THE TRUTH.
When a bomb goes off during a concert at the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1996, a security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) is first hailed as a hero… but then turns into a suspect. This is not a story about the man who was responsible for the terror attack, but a look at the mistakes made by the FBI and media outlets, subjecting an innocent man and his mother to a lot of pain. A sad affair, but told with a good sense of humor and tenderness in its portrait of Jewell, a man who could easily be ridiculed. Solid but unexceptional; both Hauser and Kathy Bates are excellent.
2019-U.S. 131 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay: Billy Ray. Cast: Paul Walter Hauser (Richard Jewell), Sam Rockwell (Watson Bryant), Kathy Bates (Barbara ”Bobi” Jewell), Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda.
Trivia: Co-produced by Eastwood, Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio. Based upon a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner and the book ”The Suspect” by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen. Paul Greengrass and David O. Russell were reportedly considered for directing duties. Jewell’s story was also told in the second season of the TV series Manhunt (2017- ).