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BTDesign Award
Mississippi Burning (1988)

Cast: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, Gailard Sartain, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Rooker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Kevin Dunn, Frankie Faison, Rick Zieff, Park Overall

Director(s): Alan Parker

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama


In 1964, when three civil-rights workers, two white and one black, mysteriously disappear while driving through Mississippi, two FBI agents, Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Anderson (Gene Hackman), are sent in to investigate. While Ward is young and by the book, Anderson is a seasoned southerner comfortable with the Byzantine (and, to Ward, morally ambiguous) ways of his region. Together they sift through a variety of leads and come up empty-handed--until the town sheriff?s wife (Frances McDormand) step... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on July 10, 2006, 2:43 am
Great tense drama. Hackman and Dafoe - how can you go wrong? Good supporting work from Frances McDormand and Michael Rooker too. I've seen it a few times and it doesn't get tired. Love the barbershop scene with Hackman unprofessionally interrogating the guy in the barber's chair with a straight razor. Also, the first scene when the three civil rights workers get killed in their car stuck in my mind for quite a while. Hackman and McDormand were both nominated for their roles, but lost to Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis(!) respectively.
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 10, 2006, 1:00 pm

I loved the sountrack also.
Jefferygn wrote on July 10, 2006, 10:13 pm
LOVED it when I first saw it; rewatched it a couple of years ago and frankly found it dull.

However, my star rating is based on my original viewing.

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