Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning

Alan Parker (1988)

18 Certificate
Monday 12am - 2:10am Sky Cinema Select


Our Score
In this powerful drama from director Alan Parker, Gene Hackman gives a mesmerising performance as a Southern States FBI agent fighting racism with local knowledge and canny psychology. Willem Dafoe is equally impressive, if more restrained, as his rule-obsessed Ivy League partner. Parker's wonderful creation crackles with dramatic tension and simmering violence that often reaches boiling point. Loosely based on a true story and shot with great visual flair (Peter Biziou won the Oscar for best cinematography), this is a gripping evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement.


Two mismatched FBI agents, one a tough former sheriff, the other a by-the-book idealist, are sent to a small town in the Deep South to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights activists, only to come up against a conspiracy of silence. Alan Parker's drama set in the 1960s, starring Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Brad Dourif, Michael Rooker, R Lee Ermey and Frances McDormand.

Cast & Crew

Agent Anderson Gene Hackman
Agent Ward Willem Dafoe
Deputy Clinton Pell Brad Dourif
Frank Bailey Michael Rooker
Mayor Tilman R Lee Ermey
Mrs Pell Frances McDormand
Sheriff Ray Stuckey Gailard Sartain
Clayton Townley Stephen Tobolowsky
Agent Monk Badja Djola
Director Alan Parker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray