Mississippi Burning (1988) - Crime, Drama, History

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Breathtaking

Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe
Length: 128 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 191 found boring (3.14%)

One-line Reviews (76)

Lee Ermey; Gailard Sartain; Badja Djola in an intense cameo appearance; Tobin Bell, making here his feature film debut, years before his breakthrough role in the "Saw" franchise and Stephen Tobolowsky, among others.

What you get with Mississippi Burning is an interesting and fairly entertaining film which provides an insight into racial segregation in 1960's America - at least that's how I saw it!!!

Of course, just because the stereotypes are such opposites, the confrontations between them are extremely intense and atmospheric.

Forget the Sanitized and Inflated Role the Real FBI had in this Case and be Ready for some Intense and Insightful Drama that is Heart Wrenching and Hard to Watch at Times.

His delivery, mannerisms and character make Mississippi Burning quite enjoyable to watch from a cinematic point of view.

The story is engaging and the characters are convincing.

So yes there are some flaws with this film and rather ironically the narrative does suffer from being a bit 'black and white' However, it is a powerful drama that takes us back to an appalling time period, and although some of its brutality makes it hard to watch, I did find it to be a relatively engaging story.

Based on true events, this is an absorbing drama about one of the most explosive chapters of American history.

It is true to say that the acting from both Defoe and especially Hackman is top notch, the photography and film score excellent coupled with the overall pace of the film makes for a very entertaining viewing.

A fairly gripping based-in-reality drama set in the Deep South at the height of the 1960s Civil Rights movement.

Contains Spoilers Mississippi Burning is a riveting dramatization of the real-life investigation into the disappearance of three 1960's civil rights workers in rural Mississippi.

Well executed,gripping story.

Alan Parker's engaging story is both respectful and non-judgemental.

It's a punch-the-air moment of badassery, and one of many such scenes that allow the film to be entertaining as well as thought-provoking.

Gripping account of 1964 murder of three civil rights workers.

A interesting and entertaining film!!!!.

This was a very intense story about three missing civil rights workers in 1964 and the U.

It is important and it is entertaining.

Willem Dafoe is, as always, fascinating to watch.

It's a gripping film that should be used in schools and in colleges.

Boring.

car chase) music that continues to get louder and more intense the more it goes on.

A truly gripping movie .

Among the highlights of this film are an absorbing story, noteworthy cinematography, and very good performances.

This is gripping from start to finish, exciting and also funny.

The music of MB is really thrilling, chilling and dramatic, and makes the movie's story even better.

The story of the Mississippi Burning case is so compelling, why fictionalize it at all?

Superbly directed motion picture from an engaging screenplay penned by Chris Gerolmo, based on actual facts and visually stunning, shot by the cinematographer Peter Biziou, who won a well deserved Academy Award, "Mississippi Burning" is a gritty, realistic & sweaty movie experience, filmed on location near where the actual murders took place with even some scenes shot in a documentary style which enhanced the straight tone of the film.

It was only under intense pressure that he finally caved.

I'm really not sure how to rate this film because on one hand it's an incredibly entertaining police drama that gets your blood boiling at the opening shot and it just gets hotter and hotter as the film moves along.

If you are looking for an entertaining and educational movie, I can recommend Mississippi Burning.

Location shooting is evocative.

If you are looking for a really dramatic and entertaining movie then ‘Mississippi Burning' is the movie that I highly recommend for you.

Few other films are as powerful, meaningful and profoundly unsettling yet simultaneously intense and action packed as Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning.

The acting is perfect, the atmosphere is compelling...

I'm happy I chose this film as it was a great way to make an enjoyable 2 hours pass.

Hackman, Dafoe, and McDormand are in the center of the movie and they all deliver gripping performances playing off each other extremely well.

This third-act revolution certainly gets the audience's blood pumping, while Trevor Jones' score sees to it that we're pounded over the head with suspenseful anticipation.

Hackman and Defoe are accompanied by a range of highly talented actors, including Oscar winner Frances McDormand, the always enjoyable R.

Bard Dourif is shifty and intense as Deputy Bell.

The final 30 minutes set aside themes and discussion and go right for a thriller climax with enjoyable touches.

The script handles the civil rights case with care and avoids falling into melodramatic territory by remaining gripping and suspenseful.

The was a very suspenseful film, and you sure are right that it will give you an uneasy feeling from start to finish!

" - a gripping & engaging experience !.

A taut, absorbing, and worthwhile film.

Writer Chris Gerolmo does a great job at keeping a multilateral plot with compelling crime scenes and a deep investigation, to honoring victims of racism by showing dramatic scenes and getting a great supporting cast.

Alan Parker fills this film with a slow burning intensity and anger in much the same way he did in ANGEL HEART.

Interesting story of pointless bigotry and hatred .

This was a very compelling story,and not a very easy one to watch.

But as a gripping thriller, it is top-notch.

The film succeeds by being gripping, emotional, and disturbing… Alan parker graphically explores the hatred, motivations and mentality that were once flaming through the American society in the 60's.

The performances are fantastic, the story is very gripping, and with all the controversy and violence you really understand how terrible this time was.

This is a very gripping,edge of your seat film,and very well done.

The main question looming over the head of Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning is whether or not the film has a moral responsibility to tell its true-life tale of racial hatred and murder in Civil Rights Act- era Mississippi exactly how it happened, or if artistic license grants the creators of the film the right to tell an entertaining story that maintains a powerful message of social injustice and equal rights.

It moves at a thrilling pace, involving the viewer in the sordid ways of racism at his worst, stereotyping that (almost) all of the white southern characters are evil and preaches the audience about the innocent victims of the intolerance and the deserved punishment of their executioners, guided by the eyes of two different lawmen, the liberal moralist - Willem Dafoe and the conservative 'vigilante' , Gene Hackman.

It is Compelling Cinema with Outstanding Performances by Outstanding Actors both Leads and Supporting.

A Gripping, Tense Story.

He managed to be compelling and charismatic and scary as hell all at the same time.

The film succeeds by being gripping, emotional, and disturbing… .

It's true that the civil right theme is told through a white's man point of view, but I think it still remains compelling and well intentioned.

Maybe a bit too much of a film but still enjoyable .

Another Dark yet Determined Movie from Director Alan Parker that is as Disturbing as it is Entertaining in an Educational kind of way.

The script is spongey with regional color and snappy, powerful dialogue.

**In the beginning, when I taped it I thought it was boring & slow.

I kept seeing rather boring bits so that caused me to skip much of the film.

By simply making it a high powered, entertaining motion picture, your message can be widely accepted by its viewer and therefore making your statement known and clear.

Lee Ermey, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Stephen Tobolowsky all put in compelling turns as various sinister characters and the film's story never flags for a second, making this film the final word regarding its subject matter.

This team of experts have created a must see, compelling picture which will leave an indelible impression.

The rest of the movie runs quite slow until about two thirds of the duration, then it goes faster in pace with shorter duration on scenes and sequences.

You will get an rich, engaging crime drama depicting a pivotal time in American History, and you will never forget it.

Regardless of historical facts, this movie is worth watching because Hackman & Defoe are just brilliant in their roles of FBI agents who "demand justice".

I will say, some scenes because the violence was very intense to the maximum, were rather upsetting to watch, like any scene when someone was attacked, the nature of the violence was very upsetting.

It's however not really a story that grabs me and draws me into it, even though the subject itself is to me always interesting and potentially gripping and extremely powerful.

This would get kind of boring, except for the changes happening within Hackman's character who starts to become more passionate about what's happening as he befriends the deputy's wife, Frances McDormand, and just gets more and more p***ed about stuff.

I found the movie very entertaining and it never fails to keep your attention.

There may be justice in some of these criticisms, but I nevertheless found it a film well worth watching.