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Miss Firecracker (1989)

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Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin Elain's win many years ago. Few think she can win, even ... See full summary »

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Tessy Mahoney
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Miss Blue
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Benjamin Drapper
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Missy Mahoney
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Miss Lily
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Ronnie Wayne
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Mrs. Biggs
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Mr. Morton
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Caroline Jefferson
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Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin Elain's win many years ago. Few think she can win, even her closest friends and relatives (e.g. slightly mad cousin Delmount) think she's heading for a big disappointment, but Carnelle is ever hopeful, seeing a win as a ticket to escape her small town in Mississippi. Written by Rob Hartill

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An explosive comedy!

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19 January 1990 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

En tjej med glöd  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$45,293, 28 April 1989, Limited Release

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$646,890
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Delmount Williams: Please, don't make me treat you like dogs. I don't want to treat you like common dogs.
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Referenced in In Living Color: Pilot (1990) See more »

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Under-rated romantic satire
14 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

A much under-rated movie: both a satire on the sheer awfulness of small-town pageants, and a poignant yet ultimately hopeful romance about talented misfits coming to terms with their nature. A minor criticism is that it suffers from the usual movie cliche: characters who are supposed to be plain - in this case, Holly Hunter and Alfre Woodard - who are the most charismatic people in the movie. Highlight: the amazing dance routine by Hunter. I'm an old cynic, but the ending was both iconoclastic and beautifully feelgood.


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