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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 »

Director:

Thomas Schlamme

Writers:

Beth Henley (play), Beth Henley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Carnelle Scott
Mary Steenburgen ... Elain Rutledge
Tim Robbins ... Delmount Williams
Alfre Woodard ... Popeye Jackson
Scott Glenn ... Mac Sam
Veanne Cox ... Tessy Mahoney
Ann Wedgeworth ... Miss Blue
Trey Wilson ... Benjamin Drapper
Amy Wright ... Missy Mahoney
Kathleen Chalfant ... Miss Lily
Robert Fieldsteel ... Tommy Turner
Greg Germann ... Ronnie Wayne
Avril Gentles Avril Gentles ... Mrs. Biggs
Bert Remsen ... Mr. Morton
Angela Turner Angela Turner ... Caroline Jefferson
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

En jente med glød See more »

Filming Locations:

Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,293, 28 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$646,890
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Mac Sam: I like a woman who can take it on the chin.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Holly Hunter carries the film
31 January 2005 | by rgf350915-1See all my reviews

After my first viewing of this film I came away disappointed, but Holly Hunter's sound performance induced me to watch it again. A second viewing left me with the impression that it was an opportunity lost to produce a first class movie. A poor performance from a star like Tim Robbins, who has played outstanding roles in other movies, leads me to suspect that the fault lies with the director.

Holly Hunter rose to the occasion to make the film worth while. I would recommend that anyone watching this movie should focus there attention on Holly Hunter's flawless performance and ignore weak moments that occur from time to time elsewhere.

I would purchase the DVD again and classify it as a "keeper".


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