Mississippi Burning

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Overview

This controversial and hard-hitting drama has been given a lean but satisfying presentation on DVD. Mississippi Burning has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format, replicating the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and the image has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen televisions. The original English-language audio track has been presented in a Dolby Digital Surround mix; two alternate soundtracks are also included, a French version in Dolby Digital Surround and a Spanish track in Dolby ...
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Overview

This controversial and hard-hitting drama has been given a lean but satisfying presentation on DVD. Mississippi Burning has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format, replicating the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and the image has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen televisions. The original English-language audio track has been presented in a Dolby Digital Surround mix; two alternate soundtracks are also included, a French version in Dolby Digital Surround and a Spanish track in Dolby Digital Mono. The film has been closed captioned in English, and also includes optional subtitles in Spanish and French. The disc also includes two notable bonus features: the film's original theatrical trailer and a commentary track in which director Alan Parker discusses the film.
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Special Features

Director's audio commentary; Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo Surround; French: stereo Surrond; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This gripping drama about two FBI agents investigating the 1963 Mississippi murder of three Northern civil rights workers is great filmmaking. Rich with authentic period detail and incredibly tense, Mississippi Burning fairly smolders with rage and incipient violence. Featuring some terrific performances from Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, and Frances McDormand, its scenes of dialogue are often more exciting than its bloody, fiery showdowns. The film raised some controversy for its seeming conviction that the civil rights movement was entirely a function of helpful white people, but remains an undeniably powerful experience in spite of its often offensive paternalism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • UPC: 027616860996
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,200

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Rupert Anderson
Willem Dafoe Alan Ward
Frances McDormand Mrs. Pell
Brad Dourif Deputy Pell
R. Lee Ermey Mayor Tilman
Gailard Sartain Sheriff Stuckey
Stephen Tobolowsky Townley
Michael Rooker Frank Bailey
Pruitt Taylor Vince Lester Cowens
Badja Djola Agent Monk
Kevin Dunn Agent Bird
Zeke Davidson Lawyer
Ralnardo Davis Willie
Ron de Roxtra Reporter
Dan Desmond TV Commentator
Howard Feuer
Harry S. Franklin SNCC Interviewer
Cullen Gilliland Lawyer
Robert Glaudini Agent Nash
Doug Jackson Reporter
Barry Davis Jim Sr. Choctaw Man
Ken Magee Agent Reilly
Lannie Spann McBride Gospel Singer
Rev. Harry Quick Doctor
Paul Saveles Trooper
Juliet Taylor
Simeon Teague Obie Walker
E.A. Thrall Agent Tubbs
Tom Mason Judge
Geoffrey Nauffts Goatee
Rick Zieff Passenger
Gladys Greer Hattie
Jake Gipson Mose
Dianne Lancaster Waitress
Stanley W. Collins Hollis
Daniel Winford Fennis
Marc Clement Floyd Swilley
Larry Shuler Earl Cooke
Stephen Wesley Bridgewater Wesley Cooke
Bob Penny Curtis Foy
James F. Moore Barber
Park Overall Connie
Georgia F. Wise Beauty Parlor Woman
Lois Allen Beauty Parlor Woman
Darius McCrary Aaron Williams
Lou Walker Vertis Williams
Billie Jean Young Mrs. Williams
Alisa R. Patrick Church Soloist
Barbara Gibson Church Soloist
Pat Funderburk Pell Maid
Dwight Boyd Interviewee
Linda Fuller Interviewee
George Isbell Interviewee
Ethel L. Mayes Interviewee
James Arnold Mayes Interviewee
George Mason Farmer
Charles Franzen Interviewer & Reporter
Virginia Bennett SNCC Interviewee
James Lloyd SNCC Interviewee
Jesse Merle Speaks Pecan Vendor
Tonea Stewart Mrs. Walker
Robert F. Colesberry Cameraman
Frederick Zollo Reporter
Judy Sasser Neighbor Woman
Mark Jeffrey Miller Fire Bomber
Mert Hatfield Fire Bomber
James Eric Fire Bomber
John P. Fertitta TV Commentator
Gary Moody Reporter
Robert Erickson Reporter
John Brook Reporter
Tobin Bell Agent Stokes
Daniel Chapman Agent MacMillan
Rick Washburne Agent Brodsky
Bernice Poindexter Grieving Mother
Brenda Dunlap Mrs. Cowens
Frankie R. Faison Eulogist
Ed Geldart Fire Bomber
Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director, Screenwriter
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Howard Feuer Casting
David Forrest Makeup
Chris Gerolmo Screenwriter
Gerry Hambling Editor
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Stan Parks Special Effects
Aldric La'Auli Porter Asst. Director
John Robotham Stunts
Juliet Taylor Casting
John Willett Art Director
Frederick Zollo Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/"Mississippi, 1964" [10:30]
2. Small-Town Sheriff [4:24]
3. Burning Hate [8:56]
4. Jawing With Locals [9:03]
5. Igniting A War [9:07]
6. Laying On The Charm [9:18]
7. Terrorism Vs. Prayer [2:43]
8. Intimidating Opinions [9:17]
9. Release & Catch [7:22]
10. Flagrant Injustice [6:06]
11. Fiery Lynching [4:03]
12. The Key Witness [4:50]
13. The Tables Are Turned [11:12]
14. Snakes Start Talking [6:53]
15. Judgement Day [10:38]
16. "Walk On!"/End Credits [3:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary By Alan Parker
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Langauges
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie

    This movie is a wonderful but disturbing look at the struggles felt during the Civil Rights movement. It is a very moving and powerful film and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Outraged Mississippian

    I've lived my entire life, born and raised, in the town where the events actually occured - Philadelphia, Mississippi. And I can say without any over statement that this movie is PURE GARBAGE! Not only is "Mississippi Burning" grossly inaccurate historically, a shameles and blatant smear of my hometown and neighbors, it is also artistically underdone. I personally know/knew many of the people portrayed and none of them were anything as they were portrayed in the movie. For instance: the real life deputy sheriff never beat his wife as portrayed in the movie (she was pregnant with their son at the time) and they were happily married until his accidental death in the late 90s. Also, the real life Mayor didn't commit suicide as in the movie, instead he died a natural death years later. But the biggest inaccuracy in the movie, not to mention the most insulting, was the way the town itself was portrayed. In the movie the town was portrayed as a small town ghetto with ramshackle buildings in the worst disrepair - including the courthouse, with the courtlawn overgrown with weeds, cars kicking up clouds of dust on unpaved streets, a broken down motel, an ancient and unsanitary hospital (The county hospital was in reality built in 1963 - just one year prior to 1964 when the events happened. And at any rate, the bodies were taken to University Medical Center in Jackson, NOT the county hospital as in the film).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    burning review

    i thought it was captivating and dynamic. well done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent look into how black people were mistreated

    I watched this in my English class, as a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird. I like a lot of humorous movies with action, but this one amazed me with its action. You get a good look into the southern USA during the early 60's. But watching black people getting beaten up is not a very good sight, but that's the way the world was.

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