Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning (1988)I almost went to bed, when I noticed a movie starting on TV. The opening titles mentioned Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe in main roles and Alan Parker in director chair. Titled “Mississippi Burning“. I was still considering, so I checked IMDB for the rating. It came up with 7.6, so I decided to watch it.

Directed by: Alan Parker
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, Gailard Sartain, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Rooker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Badja Djola, Kevin Dunn, Frankie Faison, Tom Mason, Geoffrey Nauffts, Rick Zieff
IMDB raintg: 7.6
My rating: 8.0 ********

It turned out, the film was on one of my favourite subjects – racism. Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I like films about racism not because I enjoy the issue, but because I think that a good reminder of this problem never hurts.

And not only the film a reminder – it was an excellent piece of work. I guess it was based on some historical events, but I suppose it wasn’t fully historical. Never-the-less, the story is excellent and the points that should be in focus were nicely focused at.

Directing was good, acting was excellent – especially by Gene Hackman, soundtrack wasn’t standing out, which probably means it was pretty good, and the setup with decorations, costumes, and make-ups was great.

Overall, this is one of the films I’d recommend watching once in a while.

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