Mississippi Burning is an all-names-changed dramatization of the Ku Klux Klan's murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of the three activists are FBI agents Gene Hackman (older, wiser) and Willem Dafoe (younger, idealistic). A Southerner himself, Hackman charms and cajoles his way through the tight-lipped residents of a dusty Mississippi town while Dafoe acts upon the evidence gleaned by his partner. Hackman solves the case by exerting his influence upon beauty-parlor worker Frances McDormand, who wishes to exact revenge for the beatings inflicted upon her by her Klan-connected husband Brad Dourif. Many critics took the film to task for its implication that the Civil Rights movement might never have gained momentum without its white participants; nor were the critics happy that the FBI was shown to utilize tactics as brutal as the Klan's. The title Mississippi Burning is certainly appropriate: nearly half the film is taken up with scenes of smoke and flame.~Hal Erickson
This was one of the movies that we had in our collection that we really wanted to buy in blu-ray, as we continue to update/upgrade our movie collection. It tells the story of the FBI sending two agents to investigate the disappearance of a group of civil rights activists, who go missing in a small town in Mississippi in 1969. It is based on actual events and is as current in today's racist South, as it was back in the 60's.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
appropriate to see again with recent history regarding killing of black people by police.
Hard to believe this was happening 100 years after the Civil War. However, the war just freed the slaves; it did not make them human. Of course, perhaps the people who treated them that way, both before and after the war, weren't human. Sometimes it takes something not in the book to bring people to justice.