Mississippi Burning
Mississippi Burning (1988)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 9, 1988
DVD Release Date: February 25, 1998
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Variety Staff

Parker pushes the picture along at a fervent clip, with the character scenes back-to-back with chases or violence.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

"Mississippi Burning" surveys the geography of racism, sheds light on the dark night of the soul.

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Emanuel Levy

Slick, well-acted thriller that nonetheless distorts the facts and looks at the civil rights movement from a strictly white perspective

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Derek Adams
Time Out

For once, Parker directs without depending on flashy visual tropes.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"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.

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Cole Smithey

Not anywhere as good as it should be.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Mississippi Burning" speeds down the complicated, painful path of civil rights in search of a good thriller.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Violence, profanity, lots of tension in Jim Crow crime drama

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Michael H. Price
Fort Worth Business Press

Improbable re-enactment of an investigation into long-ago outbreak of hate crimes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
When three civil rights activists go missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe arrive to investigate igniting a powder keg… More
Jason Owens
This film was released right after I turned 8, and I remember always being curious to see it because I found the title, "Mississippi Burning," cool… More
Cynthia S.
There are many movies that do not stand the test of time, but this isn't one of them. Great direction, story, and acting. A moving must see depiction of… More
Alex roy
I remember seeing Mississippi Burning for the first time. I was blown away of the sheer power this film had on me. The cast is terrific in this drama thriller… More
Reid Volk
Mississippi Burning is a movie with it's heart in the right place. Parker & company do their very best to immerse the viewer into a time and place… More
familiar stranger
Liked it more than "A Time To Kill".