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Hackman at his best?,
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This review is from: Mississippi Burning [DVD]  (DVD)
Mississippi Burning [DVD]  The story is loosely based on the real-life murders of civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. After the three are reported missing, two FBI agents are sent to investigate the incident in rural Jessup County, Mississippi (modeled after Neshoba County where the real murders took place). The two agents take two completely different approaches: Agent Alan Ward (Dafoe), a young liberal northerner, takes a direct approach to the investigation, Agent Rupert Anderson (Hackman), a former Mississippi sheriff who understands the intricacies of race relations in the south, takes a more subtle tack. this is a superb thriller Hackman and Defoe play beautifully off each other,you feel the tension between the two agents as they carry out the investigation, there are some strong performances from a fantastic supporting cast. If you like movies that contain, good story lines, great directing and cinematography as well as sublime acting this is a must. Hackman and Defoe's performances are reminiscent of Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger's in "The Heat of the Night". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.