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AND DONE The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 80) (#1):
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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 53):

28. “Mississippi Burning” (1988)

Movie Summary:

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095647/



Gene Hackman—Agent Rupert Anderson

Willem Dafoe—Agent Alan Ward

Frances McDormand—Mrs. Pell

Brad Dourif—Deputy Clinton Pell

R. Lee Ermey—Mayor Tilman

Gailard Sartain—Sheriff Ray Stuckey

Stephen Tobolowsky—Clayton Townley

Michael Rooker—Frank Bailey

Pruitt Tayor Vince—Laster Cowens

Kevin Dunn—Agent Bird


Alan Parker

Facts about the this movie:

*Budget: $15,000,000

*Opening Weekend: $225,034 (USA) (9 Screens)

*Gross: $34,603,943

*The film is inspired by the murder of voting rights activists J. E. Chaney, Mickey Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman.

*Interior shots in the Sheriff's Office, courtroom, and stairs from the courtroom were filmed in the old Carroll County courthouse in Vaiden, Miss. Built in 1905, the building was in such disrepair that crew and extras had to dodge falling bricks during filming. Though slated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the courthouse has been demolished.

*The film was very controversial when it was released. Though fictional, the movie was clearly based on an actual case. Many people felt that too many facts from the real-life case were distorted or left out.

*Don Johnson campaigned heavily for the role that went to Willem Dafoe.

*Many of the extras participating in Clayton Townley's speech scene were actual members of the Klu Klux Klan and used their clan membership cards as ID (according to Stephen Tobolowsky in Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party).

*One of Stephen Tobolowsky's heroes is his late aunt, Hermine Tobolowsky, known as the "mother of the Texas Equal Rights Amendment".


Why I Picked this movie #28:

1. The filmed pissed me off and give me other reason to never to go to Mississippi. No matter how many films I see about this time in American history. I will never get why you could hate someone and do the things that white people did, just because of the color of someone skin.

2. Great acting.

3. Great story.

4. I think it one of the best movies about this time.

5. Great cast.

6. Great script.

7. Awesome chemistry with the cast.

8. A great drama about history.

9. It really make you feel the anger and sad from that time in our country history, at lest it did for me.

10. I think it is a forgotten great movie from the 1980’s.

11. Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe were simple awesome playing off each other

First time seeing it:

 On VHS at home.

 Movie trailer:


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