- Original title
- Running time
- 128 min.
- United States
R. Lee Ermey,
Pruitt Taylor Vince
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.
: Oscar: Best Cinematography. 7 Nominations, including Best Picture
: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Picture
: National Board of Review: Best Film
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Actor (Hackman)
1988: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Picture & Sup. Actress (McDormand)
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: BAFTA Awards: Best Cinematography, Editing & Sound. 5 Nominations
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Gene Hackman)
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