Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning

Alan Parker (1988)

18 Certificate


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

Rupert Anderson Gene Hackman
Alan Ward Willem Dafoe
Mrs Pell Frances McDormand
Deputy Pell Brad Dourif
Mayor Tilman R Lee Ermey
Sheriff Stuckey Gailard Sartain
Townley Stephen Tobolowsky
Frank Bailey Michael Rooker
Lester Cowens Pruitt Taylor Vince
Agent Monk Badja Djola
Agent Bird Kevin Dunn
Agent Stokes Tobin Bell
Director Alan Parker
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Other Information

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