MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988)








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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of The Internet Movie Database]:

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in
Mississippi in 1964 to investigate the disappearance
of some civil rights activists. Nominated for seven
Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1988.






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"Much of the power of 'Mississippi Burning' derives from the audience's knowledge that the essential horror it is witnessing onscreen really happened. Even the title of the movie is the actual FBI code name for the investigation. Many details are drawn from life. 'You didn't leave me nothin' but a nigger,' says James Chaney's killer in the film. 'But at least I killed me a nigger.' That piece of dialogue comes directly from FBI files, the confession of one of the participants. .... [Director Alan] Parker...evokes the texture, the gritty, fly-specked Southernness, the brooding sense of small-town menace,
the racial hatred, with considerable accuracy."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; December 4, 1988







"Mississippi Burning is the best American film of 1988 and a likely candidate for the Academy Award as the year's best picture. .... More than any other film I've seen, this one gets inside the passion of race relations in America. .... This is the best American crime movie in years. It is an important statement about a time and a condition that should not be forgotten."

-- Roger Ebert; December 9, 1988




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