Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning

DVD - 2001
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Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.

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Excellent fictionalized drama based on actual events with a powerful message. Sadly, hatred and racism keeps raising its ugly head through the generations and well into today's political world stage. "Hatred isn't something you get born with, it gets taught." And apathy ensures its presence.

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garycornell
Jun 12, 2014

Gene Hackman plays an FBI agent sent to the South to investigate the Klu Klu Klan killing of civil rights workers. He knows people in town know who did it, but how can he make them talk. Mississippi Burning is a visually strong movie with the cross burning. Great story with Gene Hackman well in hand of the situation.

RobertLR Apr 29, 2013

and the wicked corrupt south was doing the same thing to long hairs in the 1970s. Really glad the Yankees won the civil war, the phony south has been burning America since the dawn of this democracy

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akirakato
Nov 10, 2012

Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime drama film loosely based on the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in a Klan-dominated town of the state of Mississippi in 1964. The film focuses on two fictional FBI agents (portrayed by Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe) who investigate the murders. Hackman's character (Agent Rupert Anderson) and Dafoe's character (Agent Alan Ward) are loosely based on the partnership of FBI agent John Proctor and agent Joseph Sullivan. The film has been criticized by many for its fictionalization of history. In an often-quoted review in Time Magazine, Jack E. White referred to the film as a "cinematic lynching of the truth". Parker defended his film by reminding critics that it was a dramatization, not a documentary. In reality, according to Howard Zinn (who had taught at a black-dominated school for 7 years at the time), the FBI agents were not particularly interested in the similar cases. Mary King, the author of "Freedom Song," actually reported to the Department of Justice on the above case, but no actions were taken. In the film, a black FBI agent showed up to coerce the mayor to disclose the names of the murderers. In reality, however, there were no black FBI agents at the time. In any case, the film adequately explain the intricacies of race relations in the South.

mrsgail5756 Feb 17, 2012

Great movie. Great performance a must see for all.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 12, 2010

A very moving film! I loved this movie!

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 12, 2010

Coarse Language: swearing and racial slurs

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 12, 2010

Violence: gang beating and violence

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Jun 12, 2010

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