Mississippi Burning
Mississippi Burning (1988)

Mississippi Burning is an all-names-changed dramatization of the Ku Klux Klan's murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of the three activists are FBI agents Gene Hackman (older, wiser)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 9, 1988
DVD Release Date: February 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mississippi Burning draws on real-life tragedy to impart a worthy message with the measured control of an intelligent drama and the hard-hitting impact of a thriller.

Sean French
Sight & Sound

Parker has loudly claimed the right to fictionalise his subject matter, but he must not then use these fictions as evidence with which to hector us on the realities of law enforcement.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

For once, Parker directs without depending on flashy visual tropes.

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Tom Meek
Cambridge Day

The pairing of the two leads pays big dividends.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Mississippi Burning" speeds down the complicated, painful path of civil rights in search of a good thriller.

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Brad Cook
Flickering Myth

It's memorable for its leads' remarkable performances, and it's worth revisiting because it shines a light on a period of American history that has begun to fade a bit

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Variety Staff

Parker pushes the picture along at a fervent clip, with the character scenes back-to-back with chases or violence.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

"Mississippi Burning" surveys the geography of racism, sheds light on the dark night of the soul.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

An electrifying watch, with Hackman delivering what might be his greatest performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
When three civil rights activists go missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe arrive to investigate igniting a powder keg… More
Jason Owens
This film was released right after I turned 8, and I remember always being curious to see it because I found the title, "Mississippi Burning," cool… More
Cynthia S.
There are many movies that do not stand the test of time, but this isn't one of them. Great direction, story, and acting. A moving must see depiction of… More
Alex roy
I remember seeing Mississippi Burning for the first time. I was blown away of the sheer power this film had on me. The cast is terrific in this drama thriller… More
Reid Volk
Mississippi Burning is a movie with it's heart in the right place. Parker & company do their very best to immerse the viewer into a time and place… More
familiar stranger
Liked it more than "A Time To Kill".