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Mississippi Burning (1988)

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

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Mrs. Pell
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Sheriff Ray Stuckey
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Lester Cowens
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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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1964. When America was at war with itself.


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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Three Lives for Mississippi  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,603,943 (USA)
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Frances McDormand's character, Mrs. Pell, is based on Connor Price, the wife of Sheriff Cecil Ray Price. See more »

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While interrogating Lester in a moving car, the background scenery suddenly indicates that the car is going backwards. This is evident as Lester looks over his shoulder and out the rear window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Driver: Uh, oh.
Passenger: What is it?
Passenger: [seeing the car behind them] What do they want?
Driver: I don't know... just pass me... pass me...
Driver: [trying to identify the following car] Is it a cop?
Passenger: I can't see.
[they are hit from behind]
Driver: What the fuck are these jokers playin' at?
Rear passenger: Oh, they ain't playin', you better believe it.
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Referenced in Suits: Dog Fight (2011) See more »

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Try Jesus
Words and Music by Roberta Martin
Performed by Vesta Williams
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Well executed,gripping story.
14 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a good,though not flawless representative of the turbulent 1960's south.The character representation is good,though taken to a bit of an extreme in places.Gene Hackman gives another knockout performance here,as he does always as does Willem Dafoe.The cast is great,though Gailard Sartain was a surprising choice as Sheriff Stuckey, given his penchant for appearing in the worst of films.It is based on a true story,and as we all know,true stories are never presented to perfection.It is,however,presented as well as it can be.This is a very gripping,edge of your seat film,and very well done.


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