Mississippi Burning (Blu-ray) PG

1964. When America was at war with itself.
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  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 18, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region A

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1988 - Best Cinematography: Peter Biziou

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 39,370
...Insistent....MISSISSIPPI BURNING is first-rate.
New York Times
Dec 9, 1988
...An almost visionary intensity...
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 1989
Controlled but exciting, visually arresting, charged with powerful images. Full Review
The Spectator
Aug 30, 2018
Included in The New York Times 10 BEST FILMS OF 1988
New York Times
Dec 25, 1988
Rating: 3/5 -- Not anywhere as good as it should be.
Feb 11, 2008
Rating: 0/4 -- Unfortunately, the central narrative premise of Mississippi Burning sets up the FBI as the sole heroic defender of the victims of southern racism in 1964, which is more than a little disgusting. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 2, 2019
"Mississippi Burning" surveys the geography of racism, sheds light on the dark night of the soul. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

In 1964, when three civil-rights workers, two white and one black, mysteriously disappear while driving through Mississippi, two FBI agents, Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Anderson (Gene Hackman), are sent in to investigate. While Ward is young and by the book, Anderson is a seasoned southerner comfortable with the Byzantine (and, to Ward, morally ambiguous) ways of his region. Together they sift through a variety of leads and come up empty-handed--until the town sheriff's wife (Frances McDormand) steps forward and reveals some surprising information. In order to solve the case, the two contrasting agents must not only overcome the hostility of the local authorities and the black community but contend with their own differences as well.

A fictionalized account of one of the landmarks in the civil-rights movement, MISSISSIPPI BURNING is a swift and powerful film. Director Alan Parker, continuing his investigation of human cruelty (begun explosively in his harrowing 1978 film MIDNIGHT EXPRESS), crafts a historically poignant film that fingers the monstrosities of a virulent strain of racial intolerance in America. Dafoe and Hackman are convincing as they investigate the disappearance of the civil-rights workers and unravel the grisly web of obfuscation around a scandalous, cancerous truth very near the heart of a nation.

Plot Synopsis:

In 1964, two FBI agents try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of three civil rights workers.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 9, 1988
  • Gene Hackman won Best Actor at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival. The 1988 National Board of Review awarded the film Best Picture, Best Director (Alan Parker), Best Actor (Hackman), and Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand).
  • A 1990 TV-movie was based on the events leading to the 1964 murder of civil-rights activists Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, which was the basis for "Mississippi Burning." "Murder in Mississippi" starred Tom Hulce, Blair Underwood, Josh Charles, Jennifer Grey, C.C.H. Pounder, Andre Braugher, and John Dennis Johnson and was directed by Roger Young and produced by David Wolper. It ran 200 minutes and was shown in two parts (a 96-minute version also exists).
  • A quickie exploitation pic loosely based on the murders was released in late 1965. It was also entitled "Murder in Mississippi."
  • Producers Robert Colesberry and Frederick Zollo appear in the film as a cameraman and reporter.
  • Estimated budget $15 million.
  • Shot in Jackson, Mississippi, and Lafayette, Alabama. Filming began March 7, 1988.
  • Shot in Panavision. Color by DuArt; prints by DeLuxe.
  • Screened in competition at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival, the 1989 Antwerp International Film Festival, the 1989 Moscow International Film Festival (market), and the 1989 Panorama of World Cinema in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Reviewed in the New York Times December 9, 1988, and Monthly Film Bulletin May 1989.
  • Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.
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  • UPC: 738329237738
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