Even if this film isn't historically accurate, it's accurate enough to see how people treat other people. It is criticized by some for its depiction of southerners of the time as a group of brain-dead racists with no moral fiber whatsoever. Mississippi Burning is that kind of film. He sees things differently than Mr. There is conflict between the two agents on how to investigate the crime.
Dafoe is great as well, but it is the supporting cast that really makes this film. Anderson fooling around with Pell's wife. I think we all can do something right in this world, it's just a matter or standing up. But then disappear in a summer night three leaders of the American civil rights movement: two white and one black. I don't believe that is the movie's intention, but it spends time showing this side of society to make us understand how hate breeds itself, and how it becomes a way of life and an accepted standard. Want to watch '' in the comfort of your own home? Agents Ward and Anderson arrive in the small, rural town where the victims were last seen. The case presented is based on real events: the murder of three civil rights activists by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1964th.
Just different ways of achieving that goal. But that is besides the point, the point being that this film is mesmerizing. Lots of verbal hostility from white characters toward African Americans and other white characters. Luckily, such a premise is exploited for maximum value, not only because of the tension and drama, but also because of the high stakes freedom for a hitherto oppressed people. The reason is likely to make it easier for the audience to oppose them and on that level such broad, simplistic characterisations work well. Parents need to know that Mississippi Burning tells a fictionalized version of real events in Mississippi in 1964, when three civil rights workers mysteriously disappeared. The film is that strong at showing us how terrible and pointless racism is.
On the other side of the coin, Willem Dafoe is cool, clinical and professional, while Frances McDormand plays the beleaguered housewife very well. Beatings, including kicking and punching, are shown, sometimes with small amounts of blood on the victims. Want to know what the movie's about? And in order to make this film work, there has to be strong elements in all areas. This film is far more intelligent than some of the Stanley Kramer movies of the 60's which dealt with racism. It is not an absolute recreation of the events that took place in 1964, but it is a film that tells a true story and then adds a bit of fiction to make it more interesting for a mass audience. Hatred is learned by children, and historically in the American South it was repeated so often that it pervaded every aspect of life.
There is however one actor in particular that I wanted to touch on and that is Michael Rooker. Tension in the film is built even more effectively by intertwining the more sedate scenes with conflict and even outright violence. However, it is really Gene Hackman who steals the show. It was clearly the best film of 1988 and stands as one of the great works of American cinema of the 80's. And my hatred of him was one of my favourite parts of the film. That is worth the price of the rental alone.
It's a terrific and very powerful movie that can get anyone to cry unbearably. All of this is take make the young Klansman confess to what he knows about the murders. Tobolowsky's character is suitably provincial but was he really meant to be that blustering? And in the crowd the camera pans across and shows three year old kids smiling and cheering as gleefully and loudly as their parent's are. Badja Djola also warrants a mention, for his character veritably oozes hatred and menace. But for a really important film that has something to say, this is one of the best.
This is a very mature investigation of a racist Mississippi town where the brutal murder of three civil rights activists took place in 1964. Main characters Ward and Anderson argue a lot and use some verbal hostility, but are able to get past arguments and work well together. But not just because three boys were murdered, but because no one knows why they were murdered,besides racism that is. Hackman and Dafoe are at their best, and Frances McDormand delivers a beautifully understated, powerful performance as the deputy's wife - a woman at war with her sense of right and wrong, struggling with fear and loyalty. Because they were a different colour of skin? Boyz and the Hood did that to me, but this film makes me angry.
Lots of racist comments in news-footage-type interviews. Ward is morally outraged by the racism he finds in the South and is determined to do something about it, while Anderson wanders the streets like a good ol' boy, chatting with the townsfolk to ferret out clues. You pay attention to what he is saying and doing. There is a small scene in Mississippi Burning that is just as powerful as any Gene Hackman speech or any violent montage to gospel music that is in this film. Being one voice sometimes can either be helpful or get you into a lot of trouble. The agents go back and forth in disagreement but they eventually realize that they must come together when the dead bodies of the missing civil rights workers are found. They also discover that this man assaulted the wife of one of the agents.