Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

February 28, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Clint Eastwood's newest film is the chilling story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth.


"There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes." The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number-one suspect, is vilified by the press and public alike, and his life is ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant (Sam Rockwell), Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the federal, state, and city police to clear his client's name while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.

Oscar-winner Eastwood directed from a screenplay by Oscar-nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), based on the Vanity Fair article "American Nightmare—The Ballad of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner. The top-notch ensemble cast includes Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) as Richard Jewell.  D: Clint Eastwood, US, 2019,

Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates).

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