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Mississippi Burning
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A man is castrated offscreen. It also discussed in detail how a boy was castrated. This more violent than sexual.


This movie is very racially charged. There are lots of beatings administered by both white and black people. A person is shot in the head at close-quaters. (offscreen) Black people are hung, we see the nooses go around their necks and they are then lifted up by white people.

A child is kicked in the face by a member of the Klu Klux Klan.

A church full of black people is attacked by the Klan who assault many of them, some even with weapons.

A stable is burned to the ground during a scene where a man is lynched and hung from a tree in front of his son. The next day, the charred bodies of the animals inside are shown.

A car drives through a busy part of town and throws out a black teenager who has clearly been beaten by the men in the car.

A reference is made to a teenager being abducted by the KKK and taken to a remote location where his scrotum was removed using a razor, and that his body looked as though it had been dipped in blood from the waist down.

One of the protagonists attacks one of the leaders of the gang in a barber shop, cutting open his cheek with a razor and beating him, which leaves him weak and moaning in a chair.


8 f-words.

There are lesser swear words said in this movie too.

There are many racist statements the N-word is said many times but there is also a bunch of racist name calling on behalf of the African Americans as well.


There is lots of smoking and drinking.


This movie is very intense, and portrays the time period and event very accurately.

This film is anti-racist and pro-tolerance so it's morals are in the right place. However, there is a lot of extreme racist behavior and the KKK are very eerie.

Overall score: 37/50. A very dark movie.

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