Mississippi Burning

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989, Mystery

Brief Synopsis: "Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1988: # 0)

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Bryan Lienesch79 - The suspense in 'Mississippi Burning' is palpable, but make no mistake: this is simply a thriller involving racism, not a film that actually delves into the issue.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 5

People Involved

  • Gene Hackman (Agent Rupert Anderson)
  • Willem Dafoe (Agent Alan Ward)
  • Frances McDormand (Mrs. Pell)
  • Brad Dourif (Deputy Clinton Pell)
  • R. Lee Ermey (Mayor Tilman)
  • Gailard Sartain (Sheriff Ray Stuckey)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky (Clayton Townley)
  • Michael Rooker (Frank Bailey)
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince (Lester Cowens)
  • Badja Djola (Agent Monk)
  • Kevin Dunn (Agent Bird)
  • Frankie Faison (Eulogist)
  • Tom Mason (Judge)
  • Geoffrey Nauffts (Goatee)
  • Rick Zieff (Passenger)
  • Christopher White (Black Passenger)
  • Tobin Bell (Agent Stokes)
  • Alan Parker (Director)