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Mississippi Burning

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Original title
Mississippi Burning
Running time
128 min.
United States United States
Chris Gerolmo
Trevor Jones
Peter Biziou
Orion Pictures
Drama. Mystery | Crime. 1960s. Racism. Cop Movies. Small Town Life (North-american). Social Drama. Southern Gothic. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
In 1964, when three civil-rights workers, two white and one black, mysteriously disappear while driving through Mississippi, two FBI agents, Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Anderson (Gene Hackman), are sent in to investigate. While Ward is young and by the book, Anderson is a seasoned southerner comfortable with the Byzantine (and, to Ward, morally ambiguous) ways of his region. Together they sift through a variety of leads and come up empty-handed--until the town sheriff’s wife (Frances McDormand) steps forward and reveals some surprising information. In order to solve the case, the two contrasting agents must not only overcome the hostility of the local authorities and the black community but contend with their own differences as well.
1988: Oscar: Best Cinematography. 7 Nominations, including Best Picture
1988: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Picture
1988: National Board of Review: Best Film
1988: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Actor (Hackman)
1988: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Hackman)
1988: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Picture & Sup. Actress (McDormand). 4 Nom.
1988: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1989: BAFTA Awards: Best Cinematography, Editing & Sound. 5 Nominations
1989: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Gene Hackman)
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