Mississippi Burning
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Mississippi Burning is an all-names-changed dramatization of the Ku Klux Klan's murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of the three activists are FBI agents Gene Hackman (older, wiser) and Willem Dafoe (younger, idealistic). A Southerner himself, Hackman charms and cajoles his way through the tight-lipped residents of a dusty Mississippi town while Dafoe acts upon the evidence gleaned by his partner. Hackman solves the case by exerting his influence upon beauty-parlor worker Frances McDormand, who wishes to exact revenge for the beatings… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Parker pushes the picture along at a fervent clip, with the character scenes back-to-back with chases or violence."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""Mississippi Burning" surveys the geography of racism, sheds light on the dark night of the soul."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Not anywhere as good as it should be."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Starts out as a vivid portrait of the Civil Rights era and ends up a cop drama in which vengeful anger is used against racist killers."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"For once, Parker directs without depending on flashy visual tropes."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
""Mississippi Burning" feels like a movie made from the inside out, a movie that knows the ways and people of its small Southern city so intimately that, having seen it, I know the place I'd go for a cup of coffee and the place I'd steer clear from."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Improbable re-enactment of an investigation into long-ago outbreak of hate crimes."
‑ Michael H. Price, Fort Worth Business Press
"Hackman delivers some of the best work of his career. And this guy's been doing it for 30 years."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
""Mississippi Burning" speeds down the complicated, painful path of civil rights in search of a good thriller."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Slick, well-acted thriller that nonetheless distorts the facts and looks at the civil rights movement from a strictly white perspective"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Well-acted, compelling, good script. Good message."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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