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on 25 April 2017
You've just got to watch Gene Hackman and Willem Defoe in this. Defoe plays the prissy politically correct FBI man investigating racial murders in Mississippi. Hackman plays his worldly junior partner - he's from the South himself, imperfect, tough but with a big heart. There is conflict between the two personalities and their investigatory methods. There is a massive and dangerous conflict between the two of them and the corrupt town establishment in Mississippi which they are investigating. Some of the scenes and sayings will stick in my mind for ever. One of the best films ever made. I'm still amazed to this day when I get blank stares after I've asked someone have they seen Mississipi Burning.
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on 29 June 2017
I am not in the least surprised to see an average rating of 5 stars from 216 reviews. This is most absolutely one of the most powerful and emotive films ever made. There are many films that will make you cry harder. But I do not mean emotive in that way. This is a deeply stirring film for anybody with "normal" attitudes to the world, in other words the few true hardened racists in the world will not see the truth in it, but even those with some latent racism in their make up will have their attitudes changed by this story.

It's based in truth, and only as far back as 1964, when two white civil rights activists and a young local black man were murdered by racists in Mississippi, some of them police officers.

The film involves at its heart the Ku Klux Klan, who almost certainly still exist, but not as overtly violent and mainstream as they were even in 1964, bubbling under the surface of Mississippi life.

Alan Parker directs it brilliantly, Willem Dafoe and Brad Dourif and Frances McDormand do a great job in support, but the whole thing is owned by what I believe to be the greatest performance the always impressive Gene Hackman has ever delivered. The film belongs to him and he blazes a trail right through it. He won an Oscar for The French Connection, and not one for this, but there is no comparison.

The backdrop of the suffering of the black townsfolk at the hands of the evil hatred of the white folk, from the police and from the KKK, is hideous and shocking, and creates in the viewer's belly the will to see justice done - and although nobody actually was held to account by a charge of murder, Gene Hackman is heroic, angry, motivated, ruthless but yet also sensitive and caring in particular towards the sweet wife of Dourif's evil police deputy. She is a good human being but a long-suffering woman that has settled for all she can see she was destined for. When she helps the FBI and is then beaten up by her husband we see Hackman take control in fantastic style and the final third of the film, when Dafoe as the senior official eventually gives it all over to Hackman who brings in "his people" to hand out the conclusive endgame.

I guess I must have watched it 5 or 6 times, and while Gene Hackman is one of my favourite actors I maintain this is his finest hour and I never tire of seeing it. I don't know who won the Best Actor Oscar that year but I will be very surprised if I find out and agree with the Academy's choice.

A wonderful, stirring screenplay and in every way a masterpiece of movie-making. I and many others use that word probably too often, but in this case it's pretty much undeniable.
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on 7 May 2017
Brilliant. Fascinating to even think of the FBI working at a time before computers and mobiles, and the prejudice against coloureds is portrayed shockingly well. Should definitely be watched, especially by the younger generation who hopefully won't remember how recently such attitudes were part of common life.
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on 7 June 2017
A great thriller set during the 60s in Deep South USA, where racism was rife, and the KKK were trying to run things in a racist way.
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on 30 March 2016
Three civil rights movement activists disappear in the deep south and the FBI sends its agents to investigate the disappearances. The locals are not very helpful because one of the activists is African american. This is a great depiction of 1950`s American south and how people reacted to rasism back then. A good drama. I like it very much.
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on 4 July 2013
I LOVED THIS THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT AND STILL DO,IT TACKLES RACISM AND POVERTY AND IGNORANCE........THE SAME THINGS THAT AFFECT US ALL STILL AND WE TAKE OUR FRUSTRATIONS OUT ON OTHER RACES INSTEAD OF THE GREEDY SO N SOWS RESPONSIBLE,ALSO IT SHOWS HOW RACISM IS TAUGHT BY PIG IGNORANT PARENTS AND JUST PLAIN NASTY BULLIES N COWARDS. HACKMAN PLAYS A BLINDER AND DISHES OUT THE KARMA TO THE LITTLE NASTIES IN THIS HICK TOWN. PRICELESS.
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on 3 May 2017
might be an old film but its all good stuff with some great performances
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on 11 September 2017
A Classic, of course. There can be few who haven't seen it.
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on 5 September 2017
Great movie at an excellent price. Brilliant.
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on 8 August 2017
Very good picture of one of my fav films
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