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

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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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$34,603,943 (USA)
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Many of the extras participating in Clayton Townley's speech scene were actual members of the Ku Klux Klan and used their clan membership cards as ID (according to Stephen Tobolowsky in Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)). See more »

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In the barbershop when Agent Anderson is beating up Deputy Pell, the boom mic is clearly visible. See more »

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[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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Sometimes rules need to be broken 9/10
14 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning is an unflinching look at racism in the South. This is a very difficult movie to watch, but it is well worth it, and a reminder of past events -- events that should never be forgotten. Gene Hackman gives a power-house of a performance, ripping up the screen in every scene. The film has a strong supporting cast as well, including the always dynamic Michael Rooker.

Many have complained about the death-wish like final act, but the final results are completely called for and necessary.


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