Miss Firecracker


(out of 5)

 makes you care deeply about her success in a local beauty pageant when watching this adaptation of Beth Henley’s play, even if you’re someone for whom it does not rate high among human pursuits. Hunter plays a bored spinster who decides to enter the beauty contest that her cousin () won a few years earlier; hoping not to let her get her hopes up, the people closest to her try to dissuade her from trying, but it only spurs her on further. As in Henley’s Crimes Of The Heart, this charmer features a plucky heroine surrounded by an assortment of oddball characters, none more enjoyable than  as her off-balance cousin and  as a rather sheltered friend.

Corsair Pictures, Firecracker Company, Guadalupe Productions

USA, 1989

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on her play The Miss Firecracker Contest

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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