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This review is from: Mississippi Burning [DVD]  (DVD)
"Mississippi Burning", 1989, stars Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe under Alan Parker direction and having this great film on DVD makes it accessible once again and at a very sensible price.
The film looks directly into the face of 1960s racism in the southern states of America after the disappearance of two civil rights workers and the two white FBI agents fight to break the conspiracy of silence protecting the criminals. In many ways, it is a tough and, often, frightening film to watch because of its realism, albeit of a time which seems so long ago, although it is not. Alan Parker has a keen, accurate and unflinching eye and was an idela director for this film.
Hackman and Dafoe make ideal but sharply contrasting characters, Dafoe, the "by the book" agent and Hackman the steely, tough, apparently humorous agent willing to utilise the rules flexibly to achieve his ends, especially when fighting against criminals, even in the police force.
An enjoyable film is not how I would describe; entertaining ... no. It is a fascinating and excellent look back at a time which should not be forgotten and a great film which uses the medium for a purpose.