Mississippi Burning Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

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MISSISSIPPI BURNING is a movie directed by Alan Parker in 1988. The film earned seven nominations for the 1989 Academy awards but won only one, in the Best Cinematography category.
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Two FBI agents, Hackman and Dafoe, are sent to a small Mississippi county to find three missing Civil Rights activists. As no one dares to speak to them, Dafoe is forced to call for more agents in order to impress the local community. The FBI will soon discover that the local sheriff knows more than he says about the three boys's disappearance. Meanwhile, the KKK has begun to commit acts of intimidation against those, black or white, who give informations to the FBI agents.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes The terrorist enemy is...    -   racists/kkk/nazis

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   hanging    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding bombs

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