Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner.Written by
Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although a fictionalized account of the investigation of the murders of three civil rights workers in the 1960s, the film has been criticized by some for distorting history even as it has won widespread acclaim. However, regardless of whatever liberties the movie did, or didn't take with the facts of 1964 Mississippi, one scene has the absolute ring of truth: the radio roar of a distant crowd cheering a home run by a member of the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals. For all its apparent authenticity, however, including the actual voice of the longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck, the baseball broadcast is pure fiction. See more »
During the opening chase, the flashing light on the roof of the police car disappears and reappears several times. See more »
What is it?
[seeing the car behind them]
What do they want?
I don't know... just pass me... pass me...
[trying to identify the following car]
Is it a cop?
I can't see.
[they are hit from behind]
What the fuck are these jokers playin' at?
Oh, they ain't playin', you better believe it.
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A highly charged box of fireworks is the best way to describe "Mississippi Burning". It is 1964 and the Civil Rights Movement is tearing apart many areas in the deep south. Mississippi is definitely the hottest spot of all as the entire state seems to be split between whites and African Americans. After some white Civil Rights activists disappear, the FBI is called in to investigate (Oscar-nominee Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe). Naturally the sheriff's department is difficult to say the least and it appears that it may have even had a part in the apparent murders. Frances McDormand (Oscar-nominated) proved that she was a truly gifted actress as the wife of one of the local deputies (an evil Brad Dourif). Alan Parker's smart Oscar-nominated direction and the Oscar-winning cinematography give the film a tense feel that leaves its audience visibly shaken during and after its running time. A great achievement. Easily one of the finest films of the 1980s. 5 stars out of 5.
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