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Total Crap: 8.42%

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Mississippi Burning
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by Slyder

"Where does the hatred come from?"
5 stars

An acclaimed film back in 1988, Mississippi Burning still shines and is capable of striking a chord within you on your feelings and views on racism. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner dealt with the same subject but in a different and more comedic way, but Mississippi Burning takes you on the dark side of the subject, accurately showing you the hatred that was once flaming through our society in the 60's. Directed by renowned director Alan Parker (Midnight Express), the film delivers despite the already known outcome, and in the end it really impresses. I personally felt impressed and shattered when I first saw it.

In 1964, one of the most violent years in U.S. history, in the state of Mississippi, three civil rights activists on the road out of the town of Jessup suddenly disappear without a trace. Two FBI agents are sent to investigate the case: Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe), who’s a firm, clean-cut, and by-the-book guy, and Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman in an Oscar nominated role), an experienced lawman who knows how to handle people in certain situations. When they arrive, they are received with hostility from the white locals and with fear from the black locals, who are forced to live segregated in the other side of town. As the investigation goes on, the two agents clash on whether which technique is best, and the violence in the town escalates even further. Soon one person starts speaking out, the deputy's wife (Frances McDormand), and she may be the only key that will unlock the mystery-turning-murder, and the relation the case has with the Ku Klux Klan, and bring the criminals to justice.

The film has a unique display of camera shots, arranged by Peter Biziou who won an Oscar for his work, which shows us the action in a very simple and direct way. Thanks to this, the film is able to broaden the shock effect on the many violent scenes of the movie. The films realism also helps even more, and it's the most important part of the movie, since the subplot deals on how the black people were severely oppressed by the white people, and during this period of hatred, the driving force behind racism is the Ku Klux Klan. The film scores in showing us the way those people thought about the blacks and the Jews, and how the white supremacy will beat them all, and all that bullshit, plus their doings on the many black citizens. But this is really important, since the aftermaths of the many subplots really give out messages of some great and humanistic significance to our society that we just can't easily dismiss. The depictions of racism are accurate and also serves as a reflection mirror of the past, a reminder of how ignorant people can be capable of just trashing another man only because of his skin color, and plants in us thoughts of what can we do about it so the things that we have done amongst us can never happen again. That's what basically this film is trying to say, and does it in a great way despite few setbacks in the script. Other than that it was great.

The performances were great, Dafoe Hackman, and McDormand shine, as well as the rest of the supporting cast. Alan Parker's direction is superb in this film, making the rest fall into place and coming up with big results.

In the end, I would definitely recommend this movie, since it combines the elements of suspense, some action and realism into an almost perfectly tight film, with some great performances and meaningful messages. This film is really a must-see.

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User Comments

8/13/17 Louise (the real one) Compelling - grips you from the start. 5 stars
5/04/16 Yankee Doodle Boyah 4 stars
9/06/15 ER Very well acted, but mixes truth with fiction in a flawed way. 4 stars
11/08/12 howkinx no regrets 4 stars
9/02/12 bella shit flim soo boring 1 stars
2/27/12 Chris Completely factual specials come on PBS all the time and no one watches them. 4 stars
1/17/11 John it was alright but got tired halfway through 3 stars
3/03/10 d.shirgir I watched this movie when obama is president of US!!! 5 stars
9/28/09 Chloe it was great i'm so glad i watched it really interesting and educational. i recomend it! 5 stars
9/24/09 ak It a good reminder, peoles are close minded minded back then. 4 stars
7/09/09 Deb The movie is pretty acurate as to how it really happened. This is a true story not hype 5 stars
6/16/09 no one any one who says this movie is shit can go and die, the movie was pretty good 4 stars
1/17/09 Shaun Wallner Awesome Film. 5 stars
9/14/08 Flynn sweet film, did it for an assignement and it was a nice movie 5 stars
8/13/08 Nick Pecucci I thought it was racist. 3 stars
7/31/08 Sonny-Bill Williams lover its a good movie...teaches u a lot dont it?? 4 stars
5/27/08 Matt Outstanding. You can feel the hatred, the racial tension, right as if you were there. 5 stars
3/19/08 Ricky Harris This movie is shit, i hope niggers die irl 1 stars
3/15/08 akhil hey i want the music,when the house are burnt 4 stars
3/06/08 Leslie Dowie It's fucking shit 1 stars
12/14/07 alice brilliant film but very disturbing to some content, but a brilliant worth seeing film 5 stars
9/17/07 Abe Good entertainment! 4 stars
7/25/07 Jimmy Bambino Hackman givin that old grin/smile. Givin That good old Mississippi boy talk. 5 stars
7/12/07 R.W. Welch Overwrought, but Hackman keeps it afloat. C+ 3 stars
5/30/07 Charlie The editing was BRILLIANT! 5 stars
4/20/07 rafaelito IM NOT COOL! >> AT ALL! 1 stars
3/23/07 Alex Fantastic movie, gripping and powerful. 4 stars
1/14/07 gutta gurl good, cuz dem white folk got locked up at da end 5 stars
1/01/07 johnnyfog Sorry, the FBI was never this benevolent. Hackman saves retarded movie 3 stars
12/16/06 David Pollastrini a bit slow in places but still good 4 stars
11/28/06 Mrs. Lady l liked the shows how cruel some whites were in those days. 4 stars
11/13/06 sony what great film 5 stars
10/10/06 NW Worth watching 5 stars
7/13/06 Joanie racist 1 stars
6/08/06 Peggy Doty kept me on the edge of my seat 5 stars
5/03/06 Cheyenne Awesome! There so much hate people seem to forget about. 5 stars
4/16/06 Robert La Fond Mississippi Burning is a awsome movie Hackman & Dafoe were great for the parts 5 stars
10/22/05 Amber O'Rourke I think that it is wrong the way they treated the backs. 2 stars
9/27/05 Daveman Full of faults but there's plenty to admire here to, three stars, maybe three and a half/ 3 stars
8/23/05 ES Film portrays the south in a time of transitition that should have come 70 years earlier 5 stars
6/21/05 the dude One of the best film's i have seen in a long time. AWESOME 5 stars
6/14/05 Weltner Film portrays White Southerners as ugly,gross,racist trash -i.e. same old hollywood!! 1 stars
3/10/05 mcleod truely moving it makes u wonder when abuse of pwer will stop 5 stars
2/23/05 batman it was good because the black men died 1 stars
12/01/04 Jamey W. historically- not completely accurate- left out major details; overall- great- enlightening 4 stars
11/17/04 stefan gregg it was a good film because it showed what happend to the black people. 5 stars
11/08/04 Mary K shocking and unbelievable. It was quite an education watching this film 5 stars
9/02/04 ~Sweet Bella~ extremely touching, i hate racism..a job well done! 5 stars
7/31/04 michael knight the fact that he brought down all that mann power was a bit hard to comprihend. 4 stars
6/29/04 DM One of the best films about racism I've seen 5 stars
6/02/04 Jen graphic.... 5 stars
5/23/04 Mitch Good acting and razor-sharp script. Without a doubt a landmark for its genre. 5 stars
2/28/04 Precious Monty What percentage of this movie is hype, what percentage is this movie accurate? 4 stars
2/12/04 Desi d. Garza very dramatic and scary 5 stars
12/14/03 Mariz Awesome and touching 5 stars
12/07/03 john powerful and well acted! 5 stars
11/19/03 KeLLy Dis is one of da best movies i hav seen.It is very educational and it is so awesum!!! 5 stars
10/30/03 A.K. Wasn't so impressed! 3 stars
9/12/03 Anna Oskarsdottir What percentage is hype and what is real history? 4 stars
3/20/03 tricia dees This was a very interesting film to watch. 5 stars
3/19/03 Amy i couldnt handle it. it would have been good, i just cant handle murder. other than ALL te 2 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Uneven screenplay enlivened by Gene Hackman's and Alan Parker's brilliance. 4 stars
1/23/03 788t76 Really good 4 stars
1/20/03 momonom TOTAL CRAP 1 stars
1/08/03 Seppo Great film! Hackman and Dafoe are really GREAT ACTORS! 5 stars
11/14/02 johny sexy women nuttin like rasists 5 stars
10/06/02 fish This movie rocks ... see those racist bastards get whats comming to em 5 stars
9/30/02 Charles Tatum Hackman and Defoe are the bickering Odd Couple in this preachfest 2 stars
8/21/02 Nancy Brilliant 5 stars
7/24/02 Dwayne Pipe It was good 3 stars
7/03/02 civi terrible, boring as hell 2 stars
4/03/02 laura byrd THis is a wonderful movie!! 5 stars
3/16/02 Marcia Lartz Never adequately explains all the reasons for feud between two lead agents. 4 stars
1/27/02 Lin Rainey The story is a fictionalized account of real events. Hackman's performance is magnificent. 5 stars
7/09/01 taj Entertaining potboiler, most notable for its skewed view of recent history. 3 stars
6/19/01 The Assassin An excellent movie! 5 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla great movie with a poweful story, fine perfoemances and good cinematography 5 stars
8/18/00 Matthew Bartley Excellent movie 5 stars
11/22/98 little jerry Can fault it on dubious historical value but gripping & Hackman never better. 4 stars
11/16/98 Lord Of The Dunce If not for Woods' bad make-up, I'd call this one a classic. 5 stars
9/26/98 Maegs Dafoe &Hackman deliver fine performances, powerful story, very well done. 5 stars
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