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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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Missy Mahoney
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Miss Lily
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Mrs. Biggs
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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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$1,852,655 (USA)
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Carnelle Scott: Well, you know, they say we all gonna be dyin' some day. I believe it, too.
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One of the most overlooked movies yet.
16 August 2005 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

It's hard to find anything wrong with this film. It was cleverly written and beautifully acted. When you're watching the actors and don't think to yourself, "that's Alfre Woodard, Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter or Mary Steenburgen," then they are doing their job! Being a southerner I could tell immediately that the writer knows what she's doing, too. I loved each and every single character. The scenes move together seamlessly and by the end, you've felt Carnelle's pain, Elaine's dissatisfaction with life, Popeye's endless hope, Delmont's search for peace and Mac Sam's empty existence. Would that I could write and direct a film of this subtle magnitude one day.


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