MISSISSIPPI BURNING (18)
D: Alan Parker
Rank/Orion (Frederick Zollo & Robert F. Colesberry)
W: Chris Gerolmo
DP: Peter Biziou
Ed: Gerry Hambling
Mus: Trevor Jones
PD: Geoffrey Kirkland & Philip Harrison
Gene Hackman (Rupert Anderson), Willem Dafoe (Alan Ward), Brad Dourif (Deputy Clinton Pell), R. Lee Ermey (Mayor Tilman), Gailard Sartain (Sheriff Stuckey), Frances McDormand (Mrs. Pell), Stephen Tobolowsky (Townley), Michael Rooker (Frank Bailey), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Lester Cowens)
Partially based on the true story of a group of civil rights activists who go missing in the Deep South, presumed murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, a pair of mismatched FBI agents, wily veteran and Mississippi-raised Gene Hackman and his more conservative, straight-laced partner Willem Dafoe uncover a deep-rooted problem of racism and underground factions of the KKK still very much in practise.
Gene Hackman plays the ultimate bad ass in this film, akin to his performance as Jimmy Doyle in The French Connection, as he tears up the rule book page by page in his mission to find the members of the fascist group, causing a rift between him and his strictly by-the-book partner.