Crazy in Alabama, the 1999 directorial debut of Antonio Banderas, is the story of the experiences of the Bullis family during the tumultuous summer of 1965, when the civil rights movement is in full swing. Peter Bullis (Lucas Black) witnesses the murder of a black boy, Taylor Jackson (Louis Miller), who had protested against the all-white municipal swimming pool. The town's sheriff (Meat Loaf) pressures Peter to keep quiet about what he has seen. As he feels conflicted about whether to reveal who committed the murder, Peter's nutty Aunt Lucille (Melanie Griffith) returns to town after being accused of murdering her abusive husband. She had been on her way to make a name for herself in Hollywood when police accidentally discover her husband's severed head. Back in town, she and Peter grow close because of their difficult situations. Despite the heavy subjects, Crazy in Alabama is a funny and heartfelt film about family and personal responsibility.