Top positive review
Gene Hackman is electric in this film.
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.