Mississippi Burning (1988)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Political Thriller  |   Release Date - Dec 9, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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This gripping drama about two FBI agents investigating the 1963 Mississippi murder of three Northern civil rights workers is great filmmaking. Rich with authentic period detail and incredibly tense, Mississippi Burning fairly smolders with rage and incipient violence. Featuring some terrific performances from Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, and Frances McDormand, its scenes of dialogue are often more exciting than its bloody, fiery showdowns. The film raised some controversy for its seeming conviction that the civil rights movement was entirely a function of helpful white people, but remains an undeniably powerful experience in spite of its often offensive paternalism.