AKA: Three Lives for Mississippi
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)
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.
A classic on the topic.