Mississippi Burning (1988)

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AKA: Three Lives for Mississippi
Year: 1988
Directed by: Alan Parker
Starring: Gene Hackman (Anderson), Willem Dafoe (Ward), Frances McDormand (Mrs Pell), Brad Dourif (Pell), Michael Rooker (Bailey), R. Lee Ermey (Mayor), Stephen Tobolowsky (Townley)
Country: United States
Language: English (English Subs)
Runtime: 02:06:50
Genres: Racism, Detective, Based on a True Story

Plot – Spoilers:
Mississippi Burning is based on a true incident from 1960s United States – three civil rights activists down in Mississippi to register black Americans for voting rights, are pursued on the highway before disappearing. The Klan is believed to be involved and a couple of FBI agents, Ward and Anderson, are sent in to investigate the missing men.

Anderson is a former Sheriff with experience in ground realities, while Ward, his superior, is a stickler for Bureau protocol and bookish in his methods. This contrast adds drama to the investigation as the two soon have to deal with hostile local cops, Klan sympathizers, and a reticent black community unwilling to cooperate.

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