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Mississippi Burning Movie

Movie Summary for Mississippi Burning


An 80s movie about the Civil Rights movement based on true events. Two FBI agents are sent to Mississippi in the civil rights era to investigate murders.

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Agents Rupert Anderson (played by Gene Hackman) and Alan Ward (played by Willem Dafoe) are sent to a small Mississippi town to investigate the civil rights murders that are taking place in the movie Mississippi Burning.

While there, the two agents realize that the Klu Klux Klan is involved but they both have differences of opinion in the movie Mississippi Burning.


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


When it was released, the movie Mississippi Burning was considered controversial.

Although fictional, Mississippi Burning drew a lot from an actual case that was happening at the time.

Academy Awards:

Gene Hackman won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of Anderson in Mississippi Burning.

Frances McDormand won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Mrs. Pell in Mississippi Burning.

Alan Parker won for Best Director for Mississippi Burning.

Frederick Zollo and Robert F. Colesberry, Producers won for Best Picture for Mississippi Burning.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Mississippi Burning was released to theatres on 12/09/1988 by Orion, and grossed $34,603,000 at the box office in the US.

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