Movie version of 'Blood Done Sign My Name' opens

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A movie about the killing of a black man in 1970 in North Carolina and the trial that resulted in the acquittals of white men is opening nationally.

"Blood Done Sign My Name" opens on Friday on screens in large cities, but also in several North Carolina cities, including Charlotte and Raleigh. The movie is based on the memoir of the same name by Tim Tyson, a Duke University professor who grew up in Oxford during the time of the shooting and trial.

Screenwriter Jeb Stuart, who directed "Blood," is best known for writing action films such as "Die Hard" and "The Fugitive." The movie was filmed in North Carolina, mostly in Monroe and Shelby, and stars Nate Parker and Rick Schroder.

Locals involved in the movie plan to attend a screening Friday night at Carmike Cinemas in Wilmington.

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