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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

Carnelle Scott: Well, you know, they say we all gonna be dyin' some day. I believe it, too.
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Under-rated romantic satire
14 June 2002 | by raygirvanSee 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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