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Movie : Mississippi Burning

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Three young men are travelling on a deserted country road at night. They are soon being followed by three other vehicles. We get an eerie feeling. It starts to get even more tense as one of the cars starts to ram the young men’s car. They veer off onto a dirt road still being followed. They are getting scared. One of the trailing vehicles turns on a flashing red light. The young men pull over. Men get out of the trailing cars all carrying flashlights. They approach the car, shining their light in the faces of the scared young men. Racial slurs are spoken, a gun is pointed, a trigger pulled. Two FBI agents, one from the north the other from the south are assigned to find the three missing civil rights workers. Welcome to Mississippi 1964.

Allan Parker takes us back into this time and place and he doesn’t censor himself on the history of the times. You really feel you’re there. It’s uncomfortable and it’s scary. No sugar coating. He really does do a good job with this. Inspired by real events. He takes us along on the search for the missing civil rights workers and the shit storm that was happening down there.

 

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A film like this doesn’t work if you don’t get the right actors to tell this story. Parker hits the jackpot with his cast. From top to bottom there are no weak spots. The local KKK are played with 100% commitment with Michael Rooker and Brad Dorif leading the way. Truth-full and real. Francis McDormand absolutely nails her role.

The two leads, Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman as the FBI agents have a natural chemistry. Working off of each other and given the circumstances they don’t make a false move. CB likes and respects the body of work both of these actors have. Hackman in my opinion is one of the best ever. Always bring a truthfulness to everything he does. He continues that high level in this film.

Some real shit going on in this powerful film. A history lesson brought to life that moved me. It plays like a documentary. It’s a highly uncensored, tough film told with respect by Parker. He also uses music to enhance the experience.

(CB didn’t do this take because of the current situation in America. It’s been in the bag for a few months and it was next. Racism and police brutality has no place in my life. We all belong to the “Human Bean” tribe (Credit to Roald Dahl for the term). Music, sports, community involvement etc bring us together to have common ground. Enough of me. I just fell off the soapbox and bumped my bean. Take care and spread some of that good shit around. Later folks)

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“The rest of America don’t mean a damn thing. You in Mississippi now”

29 comments on “Movie : Mississippi Burning

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    June 14, 2020

    Great movie 🎥 CB! Greetings from España 🇪🇸 my friend!

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  2. hanspostcard
    June 14, 2020

    I haven’t seen it in years but thanks for the reminder- powerful movie- and a lot of great acting in this movie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 14, 2020

      Cast from top to bottom is perfect.

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      • hanspostcard
        June 14, 2020

        You can’t beat Gene Hackman- in anything and Willem Defoe always outstanding too..

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 14, 2020

        Just re visited Zandy’s Bride. Hackman is his usual solid self. Liv Ullman is his equal in it.
        Dafoe and him were good together in this.

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  3. Aphoristical
    June 14, 2020

    I watched this in high school film class – probably too young to appreciate you.

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  4. Jim S.
    June 14, 2020

    Just what we need here in the States. A feel-good movie to take our minds off of – oh, wait a minute. I’ll get back to that.

    A great movie. The wife loves this one. Dafoe and Hackman – perfect. (Mr. Anderson and Mr. Ward.) Love the barber chair scene. Mississippi Burning was, of course, the FBI’s code name for the whole incident.

    As to the current shitstorm here in the States, unfortunately I’ve seen this movie before. It starts with a flashpoint incident, devolves into rioting and much unrest, goes into a hopeful area where Things Will Change. Then ends with indifference and complacency by white people and anger, disappointment, and frustration for black people. Then they make the sequel and it’s the same fucking movie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 14, 2020

      I can hear them saying those names. Yeah the “barber chair” scene is good. Thing is, Gene has the weight and presence for that stuff.
      We have a situation up here where the addiction/mental illness crisis was declared a health emergency long before the current one. Because of the COVID epidemic, things are being done to fast track and address the the first crisis. Will they fix it 100%? No. But if they follow through they will make a noticeable dent. It’s the first time in years that I feel (know) that something concrete will happen. It’s taken one crisis and the right person(s) in the position to make it happen. For once it isnt lip service. Why I said this is because it can also happen with the current situation down there and worldwide.
      Back to the popcorn Doc.

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      • Jim S.
        June 14, 2020

        CB gets heavy. Funny but I’ve always thought of Canada as the perfect place with no problems. (Except for Bieber, Bryan Adams and Geddy Lee’s singing.) Guess I was wrong.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 14, 2020

        That threesome makes a hell of a hockey line. Throw Celine and Shiana on defense and Buble in net and we have a team. Plus the anthem is taken care of.
        You pulled me in Doc but I need it once in a while. Crank up the tunes again.

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  5. deKE
    June 14, 2020

    Great writeup and great movie. Stellar cast what more do you need really?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 14, 2020

      Thanks deKE. A story well told with a motion picture. Casting makes the job easier. Parker knew what he was doing

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  6. Sarca
    June 14, 2020

    Oh yeah, great movie! It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. Cya!

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  7. Phil Strawn
    June 14, 2020

    One of the best movies Hackamen made. This was based on an actual crime in the early 60s.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 14, 2020

      Parker does a good job with it. How do you hedge the bet that your film will be good? Hire Gene. Thanks Phil.

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  8. 1537
    June 14, 2020

    Such a powerful film, great beginning too.

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  9. Yeah, Another Blogger
    June 14, 2020

    I haven’t seen this since it came out. I remember loving it. I agree with you about Hackman. He’s an outstanding actor. I wonder if he’s best-known for French Connection. Maybe.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 14, 2020

      Probably right on the French Connection thing Neil. The guy just has one of the best bodies of work in my mind. He is at the top of my list of great film actors. Later.

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  10. 1dancequeendq
    June 14, 2020

    I can’t remember how old I was when I first discovered the movie. I was either a teen or slightly older adult. What I remember is that it very nearly put me off the idea of ever visiting the United States.

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  11. hotfox63
    June 15, 2020

    A good reminder about America’s long struggle against racial prejudice and violence.

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