Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning

  • 1988
  • R
  • 128 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama, history

Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker

Writer: Chris Gerolmo

Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey

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.

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  • Alan Parker
    Alan Parker
    Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer, writer and actor. He has been active in both the British cinema and American cinema and was a founding member of the Director's Guild of Great Britain.

Main Cast


  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    "Mississippi Burning" feels like a movie made from the inside out, a movie that knows the ways and people of its small Southern city so intimately that, having seen it, I know the place I'd go for a cup of coffee and the place I'd steer clear from.


Tagline: 1964. When America was at war with itself.

Motion Picture Rating: R

Genres: crime, drama, history, mystery, thriller

Categories: ku klux klan, mississippi, civil rights, deep south, murder investigation, small town, racism, fbi, domestic terrorism, racist organization, lynching, 1960s, deep south, police brutality, racial prejudice, unhappy marriage, racial violence


Producer: Robert F. Colesberry, Frederick Zollo

Editor: Gerry Hambling

Casting: Howard Feuer, Juliet Taylor

Director of photography: Peter Biziou

Original music composer: Trevor Jones

Costume design: Aude Bronson-Howard

Production design: Philip Harrison, Geoffrey Kirkland

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 128 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color