Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand
Running Time: 129 minutes
Special Features: ‘Through the Storm’ – An interview with director Alan Parker / ‘Remembering Mississippi Burning’ – An interview with actor Willem Dafoe / ‘Under Siege’ – An interview with writer Chris Gerolma / Audio Commentary with Alan Parker
Originally released in 1988 and set in 1964, Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning is based around one of the most notorious race-related murders in recent American history. What’s particularly disturbing is that, if the media is to believed, the States still has one of the worst records with racial tension now and with the film’s tagline ‘When America was at War with itself’, you could allege they continue to create their own horrific issues to this day.
Parker has always been a director to examine and reveal a certain type of story but especially those that affect real people. Mississippi Burning focuses around two FBI agents,