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Miss Firecracker (1989)

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Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin Elain's win many years ago. Few think she can win, even ... See full summary »

Director:

Thomas Schlamme

Writers:

Beth Henley (play), Beth Henley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Carnelle Scott
Mary Steenburgen ... Elain Rutledge
Tim Robbins ... Delmount Williams
Alfre Woodard ... Popeye Jackson
Scott Glenn ... Mac Sam
Veanne Cox ... Tessy Mahoney
Ann Wedgeworth ... Miss Blue
Trey Wilson ... Benjamin Drapper
Amy Wright ... Missy Mahoney
Kathleen Chalfant ... Miss Lily
Robert Fieldsteel ... Tommy Turner
Greg Germann ... Ronnie Wayne
Avril Gentles Avril Gentles ... Mrs. Biggs
Bert Remsen ... Mr. Morton
Angela Turner Angela Turner ... Caroline Jefferson
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Storyline

Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin Elain's win many years ago. Few think she can win, even her closest friends and relatives (e.g. slightly mad cousin Delmount) think she's heading for a big disappointment, but Carnelle is ever hopeful, seeing a win as a ticket to escape her small town in Mississippi. Written by Rob Hartill

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An explosive comedy!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

En jente med glød See more »

Filming Locations:

Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,293, 28 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$646,890
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Delmount Williams: Please, don't make me treat you like dogs. I don't want to treat you like common dogs.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Surrender
Written by Doc Pomus (as D. Pomus), Mort Shuman (as M. Schuman) and Ernesto De Curtis (uncredited)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Hunter shines in all but forgotten gem
1 December 1998 | by rabbit-16See all my reviews

This film blew me away. It is a gripping tale about a young woman( Hunter) entering a beauty contest without having the looks for it, but enough energy to put all that aside and go for it anyway. Something in her past makes her very determined to try to win the contest. Supporting her efforts are a group of very odd people, among them Glenn, Robbins and Steenburgen, who seem to not want to let on to Hunter that they don't expect her to succeed when she starts out but when they see her on the stage they all, almost anyway, cheer her and become very upset when she ends up fifth runner up. The film is an adapted play and it shows in the limited settings and in some of the dialogue, but overall it is a fine movie. Very warm and entertaining. It is a forgotten gem of a movie in which Hunter shines like a diamond.


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