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

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Chris Gerolmo (written by)
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Release Date:
27 January 1989 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
1964. When America was at war with itself.
Plot:
Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Mississippi Burning [1988] Blu-ray Review
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The film succeeds by being gripping, emotional, and disturbing… See more (188 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Agent Rupert Anderson

Willem Dafoe ... Agent Alan Ward

Frances McDormand ... Mrs. Pell

Brad Dourif ... Deputy Clinton Pell

R. Lee Ermey ... Mayor Tilman

Gailard Sartain ... Sheriff Ray Stuckey

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Clayton Townley

Michael Rooker ... Frank Bailey

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Lester Cowens

Badja Djola ... Agent Monk

Kevin Dunn ... Agent Bird

Frankie Faison ... Eulogist
Thomas B. Mason ... Judge (as Tom Mason)

Geoffrey Nauffts ... Goatee
Rick Zieff ... Passenger
Christopher White ... Black Passenger
Gladys Greer ... Hattie
Jake Gipson ... Mose
Dianne Lancaster ... Waitress
Stanley W. Collins ... Hollis
Daniel Winford ... Fennis
Marc Clement ... Floyd Swilley
Larry Shuler ... Earl Cooke

Stephen Bridgewater ... Wesley Cooke (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)

Bob Penny ... Curtis Foy
James F. Moore ... Barber

Park Overall ... Connie
Georgia F. Wise ... Beauty Parlor Woman 1
Lois Allen ... Beauty Parlor Woman 2
Barry Davis Jim Sr. ... Choctaw Man
Dan Desmond ... Television Commentator

Darius McCrary ... Aaron Williams (as Daruis McCrary)

Lou Walker ... Vertis Williams
Billie Jean Young ... Mrs. Williams
Alisa R. Patrick ... Church Soloist
Barbara Gibson ... Church Soloist
Pat Funderburk ... Pell Maid
Dawn Boyd ... Interviewee
Dwight Boyd ... Interviewee
Linda Fuller ... Interviewee
George Isbell ... Interviewee
Ethel L. Mayes ... Interviewee
James Arnold Mayes ... Interviewee
George Mason ... Farmer
Charles Franzen ... Interviewer & Reporter
Harry Franklin ... SNCC Interviewer
Virginia Bennett ... SNCC Interviewee
James Lloyd ... SNCC Interviewee
Jesse Merle Speaks ... Pecan Vendor
Simeon Teague ... Obie Walker
Tonea Stewart ... Mrs. Walker
Harry Quick ... Doctor (as Rev. Harry Quick)
Cullen Gilliland ... Lawyer
Zeke Davidson ... Lawyer
Robert F. Colesberry ... Cameraman
Frederick Zollo ... Reporter
Judy Sasser ... Neighbor Woman

Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Fire Bomber
Ed Geldart ... Fire Bomber
Mert Hatfield ... Fire Bomber
James Eric ... Fire Bomber
Paul Savelis ... Trooper

John P. Fertitta ... T.V. Commentator #2
Ron De Roxtra ... Reporter #3

Doug Jackson ... Reporter #4
Gary Moody ... Reporter #5
Robert Erickson ... Reporter #6
John Brook ... Reporter #7

Tobin Bell ... Agent Stokes
Daniel Chapman ... Agent MacMillan

Rick Washburn ... Agent Brodsky
Robert Glaudini ... Agent Nash (as Bob Glaudini)
Ken Magee ... Agent Reilly (as Kenneth Magee)
Everett Thrall ... Agent Tubbs (as E.A. Thrall)
Bernice Poindexter ... Grieving Mother
Brenda Dunlap ... Mrs. Cowens
Lannie Spann McBride ... Gospel Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Buck ... Baseball Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Major Combs ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Ralnardo Davis ... Willie (uncredited)
Betty Lucille DeJournette ... Pedestrian on the Square (uncredited)
Paul Henderson ... Local #1 (uncredited)
Henry W. Laster ... Street Walker (uncredited)
W. Mitchell Morgan ... Angry Reporter on Bridge (uncredited)
Ralph Pruitt Vaughn ... Peckerwood (uncredited)
James Lowell Turnham ... Man in Car (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Parker 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Chris Gerolmo (written by)

Produced by
Robert F. Colesberry .... producer
Frederick Zollo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Philip Harrison 
Geoffrey Kirkland 
 
Art Direction by
John Willett 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Erickson 
 
Costume Design by
Aude Bronson-Howard 
 
Makeup Department
David Forrest .... makeup designer (as David Craig Forrest)
Paul LeBlanc .... hair designer
 
Production Management
Tom Razzano .... unit production manager (as Thomas A. Razzano)
Ron Lynch .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... second second assistant director
Brenda Kalosh .... second assistant director
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Arnold .... assistant art director
David Brace .... lead person
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator (as Bill Bradford)
Sharleen Bright .... stand-by scenic artist
John Bromell .... set dresser (as John T. Bromell)
Robert L. Cain .... set dresser
Joseph Ciraolo .... set painter
Roger Dietz .... scenic artist
James C. Feng .... assistant art director (as James Feng)
Daniel Fisher .... art department assistant
Margery Z. Gabrielson .... sign painter (as Margery Gabrielson)
John Harrington .... construction gang boss
Jerry G. Henery .... construction foreman
Wendell A. Bud Hill II .... construction gang boss
David W. Howell .... assistant props (as David Howell)
John A. Kelly .... set painter (as John Kelly)
Gretchen Rau .... assistant set decorator
Claude Riptoe .... assistant props
Angela K. Salinas .... art production assistant
'Polar Bear' Shaw .... set dresser (as George Stewart Shaw)
Tim Short .... construction gang boss
Michael J. Siver .... greens consultant (as Mike Siver)
Ron Stone .... property master (as Ronald Stone)
Carl C. Thomas .... assistant sign painter
Dwain Wilson .... key set dresser (as Dwain F. Wilson)
 
Sound Department
David Grannis .... assistant sound editor
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer (as Richard C. Kline)
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Litt)
Danny Michael .... sound recordist
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
John Phillips .... sound editor
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Anthony Starbuck .... boom operator
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger Lifsey .... special effects assistant (as Roger W. Lifsey)
Bill Gene Murphy .... special effects assistant
Stan Parks .... special effects coordinator
Kevin Quibell .... special effects assistant (as Kevin S. Quibell)
 
Stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (as Dick Butler)
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg Elam)
Kirk Elam .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
A. Michael Lerner .... stunts (as Michael Lerner)
George Robotham .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
John Robotham .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Kym Washington .... stunts (as Kim Washington)
Richard Washington .... stunts
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... special still photographer
Peter Bloor .... lighting consultant
James Carroll .... electrician
Brad Chelesvig .... musco light operator
James Donahue .... best boy (as Jim Donahue)
Robert Edesa .... second camera operator
Clyde Allen Harrison III .... grip
Don Humer .... second assistant camera (as Donald L. Humer)
Bob Leitelt .... grip (as Robert Leitelt)
Dennis J. Lootens .... electrician (as Dennis Lootens)
Ian Lynch .... second assistant camera
Willie Mann .... best boy
Chris McGuire .... electrician
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... first assistant camera
Richard Osborn Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Richard G. Osborn Jr.)
Michael Papadapolous .... electrician (as Mike Papadopoulous)
Les Percy .... key grip
Mike Roberts .... camera operator (as Michael Roberts)
Charles Smith .... grip
Jack R. Thomas .... grip
Michael Trim .... gaffer
Richard Rucks Wilkinson .... electrician
Peter Bloor .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Merrick Morton .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kay Bostic .... location casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Elsie Julian .... location casting assistant
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
Charles Ivan Seybert .... location casting assistant
Elyn Wright .... location casting assistant
David Glanzer .... location casting assistant (uncredited)
Dennis Osborne .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Cauthen .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe assistant
Cynthia L. Hamilton .... assistant costume designer (as Cynthia Hamilton)
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor (as Cheryl Kilbourne)
Ellen Lutter .... wardrobe supervisor
Suzanne McCabe .... wardrobe assistant
Ingrid Price .... wardrobe supervisor
David C. Robinson .... costume dyer/painter (as David Carl Robinson)
Ramona Ward .... wardrobe assistant
Margaret Yule .... wardrobe supervisor
Helen P. Butler .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Glenn Cunningham .... first assistant editor
Mayin Lo .... second assistant editor
John Marston .... apprentice editor
 
Location Management
Pat Beaupre .... assistant location manager
Beth Boyd .... location assistant: Alabama
Chris Bromley .... location assistant: Mississippi
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... supervising location manager
Ann F. Markel .... assistant location coordinator
Craig A. McCraw .... location assistant: Alabama
Sandy Nelson .... location manager: Alabama
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant: Mississippi (as Grant H. Reid)
Annie Laura Stewart .... location coordinator
John Marston .... location projectionist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Lannie Spann McBride .... consultant: gospel music
Paul Hirsh .... musician: shakuhachi (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Kevin Brune .... picture car assistant
Richard A. Davis .... transportation captain (as Rick Davis)
Michael Jackman .... picture car coordinator (as Michael A. Jackman)
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Long .... transportation co-captain (as Jeffrey Mark Long)
Chad Shuttleworth .... picture car assistant
Jon Bergholz .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Edwin Bowden .... driver (uncredited)
Caroline Korney .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alexis Alexanian .... office coordinator
Jere Barrier .... production assistant
Jon Bergholz .... dispatcher
Michael Boonstra .... assistant production coordinator
Judith Lyn Brown .... production coordinator
Joe Burns .... set production assistant (as Joseph Burns)
Jane Callahan .... nurse
Samuel L. Cauthen .... animal wrangler (as Sammy Cauthen)
Vicki Dee Rock .... assistant auditor (as Vicki Dee)
Cannon Fannin .... production assistant
Kenneth Freed .... production accountant
Tammy E. Freeman .... production assistant
Peter Govey .... film titles
Jim Griffin .... production assistant
Patricia Grivetti .... assistant auditor
Sabrina Guinness .... assistant: Mr. Colesberry
Glenn Kaufmann .... production assistant
Robert Langford .... craft service
David Linck .... unit publicist
Charles M. Lum .... production assistant
Wilson Lyle .... craft service
Sandra McBride .... production assistant
Tom Moore .... production assistant
Virginia Moore .... production assistant
Alex Parker .... set production assistant
Riley Robinson .... production assistant
Gilly Ruben .... assistant: Mr. Parker
Alexandra Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. Zollo
Erica Simpson .... production assistant
Max Snow .... production auditor
Robin Squibb .... script supervisor
Gay Thomas .... production assistant
Joseph Williams .... set production assistant
Kevin Beard .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
John Jabaley .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jay S. Harris .... special thanks
John Horn .... thanks
Ray Mabus .... thanks (as Governor Ray Mabus)
Maida N. Morgan .... thanks
Nicholas Paleologos .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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128 min
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Trivia:
Film debut of Kevin Dunn.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.
[they are hit again]
Passenger:What're we gonna do?
Driver:I don't know... OK, hold on, you guys.
[he veers to a side road]
Passenger:There's a truck, too.
[the car behind them turns on its roof light]
Driver:Shit, it *is* a cop.
Passenger:Better stop.
Driver:OK, sit tight, you guys. Don't say anything; let me talk... All right? We'll be all right; just relax.
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FAQ

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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The film succeeds by being gripping, emotional, and disturbing…, 22 June 2007

Mississippi Burning is set in 1964 when three civil rights activists are murdered in a small town by the Ku Klux Klan… Two of them were white and one of them black…

Based on actual events in Philadelphia, the screenplay centers chiefly on the hostility relationship between the two FBI agents (Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe) sent down to the small Mississippi town to seek information about the vanishing of the three victims… Immediately upon their arrival, they are greeted with hostility by the local law enforcement and the town in general…

Dafoe's Ward— in charge of the case—comes off as the embodiment of everything those men in the south dislike about the "Yankees" who are coming down there commanding them how to act…

Anderson(Hackman), who was once a Mississippi officer himself, has a special feel for how to settle things with Southerners… He uses his charm to win the confidence of the friendly wife of a Klansman deputy, whom he suspects holds the key to unravel the details of the case…

The scenes between McDormand and Hackman are the best of the film… They dramatize how quickly two lonely people can match...

The film succeeds by being gripping, emotional, and disturbing… Alan parker graphically explores the hatred, motivations and mentality that were once flaming through the American society in the 60's.

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