Mississippi Burning Synopsis
FBI agents (Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe) investigate the 1964 slaying of three civil-rights workers.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Apart from its pure entertainment value - this is the best American crime movie in years - it is an important statement about a time and a...
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100

USA Today

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A powerful drama about the murder of three civil-rights workers in the South. Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe are FBI men investigating. A...
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90

Washington Post

Mississippi Burning speeds down the complicated, painful path of civil rights in search of a good thriller. Surprisingly, it finds it
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80

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Parker, a director of breadth, not depth, never supplies the big answers, but he does powerfully depict the climate of the Confederacy in...
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80

Empire

With remarkable performances, aggressive direction and a cracking pace, this is superb cinema, even if the historical accuracy leaves much...
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80

Variety

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Though its credibility is undermined by a fanciful ending, Mississippi Burning captures much of the truth in its telling of the impact of a...
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80

The New York Times

For those who know such places, Mr. Parker, who is English, evokes the texture, the gritty, fly-specked Southernness, the brooding sense of...
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63

San Francisco Chronicle

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Parker recreates the hate-and-fear-filled atmosphere in that small Southern town with broad brush strokes. But in the end, all of his...
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50

TV Guide

Mississippi Burning is visually splendid. Director Parker and his crew have created a film that is unquestionably watchable. As a history...
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25

Boston Globe

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Mississippi Burning plays loose with truth, turning the history of the civil rights movement on its head. The filmmakers shamelessly...
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