Mississippi Burning

Mississippi BurningBBBB

(out of 5)

Alan Parker’s drama gets few points for truth, as most of his fact-based films generally do, but he gets high marks for telling an emotionally involving story. and  play FBI agents on the trail of missing civil rights activists in the Klan-riddled Mississippi of the sixties. While Dafoe is a freedom-fighting youngster with idealism on the brain, Hackman has the burned-out mentality of a small-town sheriff. Their opposing styles collide frequently in their investigation, especially when it threatens to blow up the racially segregated town they’re in.  has a fantastic supporting role as the wife of a racist local deputy, whose testimony might be a key to solving the entire case. Powerful cinematography by Chris Menges is a key seller, though Parker twists history so much (the FBI saves America from the Klan?) for his audiences that it ultimately makes the film less influential than it could have been.

USA, 1988

Directed by Alan Parker

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Berlin 1989

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Academy Award
Best Cinematography (Peter Biziou)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gene Hackman as “Anderson”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Frances McDormand as “Mrs. Pell”)
Best Directing (Alan Parker)
Best Film Editing (Gerry Hambling)
Best Picture (Frederick Zollo, Robert F. Colesberry, producers)
Best Sound (Robert Litt, Elliot Tyson, Rick Kline, Danny Michael)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Gene Hackman)
Best Director (Alan Parker)
Best Screenplay (Chris Gerolmo)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Gene Hackman)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Gene Hackman)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Gene Hackman)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Gene Hackman)
Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)
Best Director (Alan Parker)

Berlin Film Festival Award
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actor (Gene Hackman)

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Alan Parker)

British Academy Awards
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Editing

Best Direction (Alan Parker)
Best Original Film Score



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