Is the Jamie Foxx movie The Burial based on a true story?

Dorian Missick as Reggie Douglas, Jamie Foxx as WIllie Gary, and Mamoudou Athie as Hal Dockins in The Burial Photo: Skip Bolen © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC
Dorian Missick as Reggie Douglas, Jamie Foxx as WIllie Gary, and Mamoudou Athie as Hal Dockins in The Burial Photo: Skip Bolen © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC /
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A new film starring Jamie Foxx is set to be released through Amazon Studios and already it looks to be an interesting story. In The Burial, it will follow a lawyer who takes on a case against a funeral home company and revealed how the industry could harm smaller funeral homes. So is The Burial based on a true story?

The film is actually loosely based on the story of a lawyer named Willie E. Gary, who in 1995 took up a case against the Loewen Group, a funeral home company run by Raymond Loewen. In addition to Foxx, who plays the role of Gary, the film also stars Tommy Lee Jones as Jerry O’Keefe, Gary’s client, and Bill Camp plays the role of Loewen.

The Burial was written by Doug Wright and Maggie Betts, who also directed the film. Foxx served as one of the producers as well. Other actors in the film include Jurnee Smollett and Alan Ruck, who both portray lawyers involved in the case as well.

The Burial is slated for a limited release on Oct. 6

As a background to the case, it focused on a contract dispute between a Mississippi funeral home owner, O’Keefe, who is up against a major funeral home company run by Loewen. The story was told in The New Yorker in 1999 by Jonathan Harr.

In another article by the New York Times in 1996, it detailed how the claim against the Loewen Group was the company was attempting to monopolize other markets by purchasing them at a lower rate while raising prices for consumers.

O’Keefe filed a lawsuit against the Loewen Group and Gary would win the case in a jury trial for $500 million. The case was eventually settled for $175 million.

The Burial is slated for a limited release on Oct. 6 after having debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11. You will be able to stream the movie on Prime Video beginning on Oct. 13. Check out the trailer below:

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