Overall Rank: 425
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 182
Theatrical Release Date: 12/09/1988
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Alan Parker
Actors: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, Stephen Tobolowsky
Plot: Two FBI agents are sent to investigate the murders of civil rights workers in the south during the 1960's. -- sapien
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/04/2019
An extremely gritty and unforgettable portrayal of racial violence in the 1960s.
sapien - wrote on 08/16/2009
This is yet another terrific movie about racism. Gene Hackman ROCKS!!!
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/20/2012
"What's wrong with these people?" A power movie closely based on the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in the U.S. state of Mississippi in 1964. One of the best flicks about racism. Two FBI agents, Agent Alan Ward (Dafoe) and Agent Rupert Anderson (Hackman), were sent to investigate the incident in Mississippi. Houses were burned while "colored" folks were mistreated and murdered. Clearly one of the most disturbing scenes of hatred towards another human. Soundtrack was applicable, cinematography impressive and performances were authentic. Screenplay effective with lines: Ward - "If you were a Negro, nobody would give a damn what you thought." "Some things are worth dying for." The multi-award nominated picture shows that evil does not always triumph, and that …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/23/2012
When three civil rights activists go missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe arrive to investigate igniting a powder keg of racial tension. Alan Parker's grim indictment of institutional racism is one gut wrenchingly powerful scene after another. Not only a gripping detective story, it also documents the appalling conditions African Americans had to endure in the not-so distant past. The pairing of college educated agent Dafoe who naively thought he could bluster into this insular community and instantly set the world to rights and Hackman's powerhouse performance as an ex-good ol' boy from the deep south himself works brilliantly; particularly the friction caused by Dafoe mistaking Hackman's laid back seen-it-all-before attitude for indifference. …
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