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    Added on: 27/2/2002 07:24
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    Mississippi Burning (UK)

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    1964. When America was at war with itself
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 127 mins
    Retail Price: £15.99
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    Mississippi in 1964 is ready to burn. Three young Civil Rights workers, James Chaney, Andre Goodman and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered on their way back home after trying to help blacks register to vote. The bodies disappear. The smoldering embers of racial hatred now explode into violent flames.
    Two FBI agents are called in to investigate the murders. Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) and Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) are the agents who are sent to investigate the disappearance of the three boys. Anderson was once a Southern sheriff and still has a cynical affection for the South. Ward is a college educated young man inspired by Kennedy`s plea to serve his country. He believes justice will be served, but is naïve as to how to accomplish it.

    Academy Award winner Frances McDormand playing the sheriff`s wife, Mrs. Pell, gives a dynamic performance that earned her an Academy Award nomination along with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Gene Hackman and Best Editing for Gerry Hambling. Peter Biziou won a well deserved Oscar for his beautiful cinematography on the film. This is an important film, and a controversial film based on true events that show how racism can cause civil men to resort to using their own methods of terror and intimidation to solve the case.

    Special Features:
    Audio Commentary by Director Alan Parker

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 Spanish
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 German
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Alan Parker

    Written By:

    Gailard Sartain
    R. Lee Ermey
    Brad Dourif
    Frances McDormand
    Willem Dafoe
    Gene Hackman

    Casting By:
    Juliet Taylor
    Howard Feuer

    Soundtrack By:
    James Cleveland
    Jimmy Works
    Emily D. Wilson
    Roberta Martin
    Trevor Jones
    Thomas A. Dorsey

    Director of Photography:
    Peter Biziou

    Gerry Hambling

    Costume Designer:
    Aude Bronson-Howard

    Production Designer:
    Geoffrey Kirkland
    Philip Harrison

    Frederick Zollo
    Robert F. Colesberry

    Metro Goldwyn Mayer

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    superb,hard hitting drama which is still as powerful today as when it was first released.hackman and dafoe give excellent performances.the picture quality is excellent,but the extra features is poor,with only a commentary from the director[alan parker] which is pretty interesting.
    posted by tunsh2000 on 16/6/2004 00:36