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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Mrs. Pell is in her living room watching the television game show 'To Tell the Truth', it appears to be well after dark outside. From 1959 until 1966, this half-hour program aired on CBS at 7:30 PM ET/6:30PM CT. During the summertime in Mississippi (when the film is set), it would still have been broad daylight outside while this program was being telecast. See more »
What is it?
[seeing the car behind them]
What do they want?
I don't know... just pass me... pass me...
[trying to identify the following car]
Is it a cop?
I can't see.
[they are hit from behind]
What the fuck are these jokers playin' at?
Oh, they ain't playin', you better believe it.
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The recent belated conviction of Edgar Ray Killen (wouldn't you say that it's appropriate that he has "kill" in his last name?) brings to mind the story that inspired "Mississippi Burning". It's the story of how a group of Ku Klux Klan members murdered civil rights activists James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in the summer of 1964. The movie portrays the murders, but FBI agents Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) and Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) are made up. It turns out that the FBI bribed one of the murderers to rat on the other two, and all the while the FBI was tapping Schwerner's father's phone to see if he was a Communist.
So, they played with the facts. Hollywood often does that. Either way, "Mississippi Burning" still is a good movie, reminding us of a time in our country's history when we were about to explode.
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