Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning

DVD - 2001
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Two FBI agents investigate the deaths of civil rights workers in a Mississippi town. Tension is caused by the discovery of a local coverup.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780792849490
Call Number: DVD F MISS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 12, 2020

We thought the movie was terrific, great acting by all. As we watched it we felt we may have seen it before but did not remember any of the scenes until the one at the dam where the bodies were uncovered. It was then we realized we saw it on a TV program about a murder case that was unsolved for many years. Even though the movie was not exactly like the real story it illustrated some of the horror that went on in the south during that period of time.

Mar 11, 2020

I recently watched this movie again, years after first watching it. It is hard to believe the racism and brutality of racism. Dafoe is an idealistic FBI agent doggedly determined to find 3 civil rights activists, young college men - 2 white, one black, who disappeared in the south while trying to register black people for the vote. Based on a true story. It is the FBI's massive inquiry into police corruption; the KKK; racism; murder; and subsequent trial and sentences. Very enlightening, gruesome and shocking.

Oct 15, 2019

This is one of those movies that is extremely hard to watch and yet it's hard not to watch it. Very powerful and disturbing at the same time. The performances are excellent but the images are hard to watch. Everyone in the cast was amazing and it really brings racism in the deep south to a disturbing light.

Feb 08, 2019

a historical document, however fictionalized, a prescient, and horrifying picture of the people who would later elect Trump - riveting throughout

Nov 03, 2018

Does the movie "Mississippi Burning" have subtitles?

Feb 22, 2018

Excellent film in every respect!

Feb 05, 2017

Excellent fictionalized drama based on actual events with a powerful message. Sadly, hatred and racism keeps raising its ugly head through the generations and well into today's political world stage. "Hatred isn't something you get born with, it gets taught." And apathy ensures its presence.

Jun 12, 2014

Gene Hackman plays an FBI agent sent to the South to investigate the Klu Klu Klan killing of civil rights workers. He knows people in town know who did it, but how can he make them talk. Mississippi Burning is a visually strong movie with the cross burning. Great story with Gene Hackman well in hand of the situation.

RobertLR Apr 29, 2013

and the wicked corrupt south was doing the same thing to long hairs in the 1970s. Really glad the Yankees won the civil war, the phony south has been burning America since the dawn of this democracy

Nov 10, 2012

Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime drama film loosely based on the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in a Klan-dominated town of the state of Mississippi in 1964. The film focuses on two fictional FBI agents (portrayed by Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe) who investigate the murders. Hackman's character (Agent Rupert Anderson) and Dafoe's character (Agent Alan Ward) are loosely based on the partnership of FBI agent John Proctor and agent Joseph Sullivan. The film has been criticized by many for its fictionalization of history. In an often-quoted review in Time Magazine, Jack E. White referred to the film as a "cinematic lynching of the truth". Parker defended his film by reminding critics that it was a dramatization, not a documentary. In reality, according to Howard Zinn (who had taught at a black-dominated school for 7 years at the time), the FBI agents were not particularly interested in the similar cases. Mary King, the author of "Freedom Song," actually reported to the Department of Justice on the above case, but no actions were taken. In the film, a black FBI agent showed up to coerce the mayor to disclose the names of the murderers. In reality, however, there were no black FBI agents at the time. In any case, the film adequately explain the intricacies of race relations in the South.

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Coarse Language: swearing and racial slurs

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Violence: gang beating and violence


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