Mississippi Burning

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Violence, profanity, lots of tension in Jim Crow crime drama

R 1988 128 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 17+

Harrowing, dark and thought-provoking.

This film is an insight into the deep south and into the KKK. The film follows two FBI agents investigating the disappearance of three civil rights activists. Overall the film is really quite brilliant, very dark and violent at times but sends a good message of equality and tolerance. Violence: - graphic beatings of African-Americans - there is a very upsetting and graphic scene of a character getting lynched in front of his son - a woman is beaten brutally by her husband Language: - uses of the n-word by white characters in a hateful way - uses of ‘negro’ as a race identity (contextually accurate as ‘negro’ was the government used name for black American) - few uses of ‘f**k’ Sex: - nothing Other: - triggers for extreme racism - very upsetting throughout - domestic abuse scene - social drinking and smoking

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 12+


Very good movie not a big fan of movies but this one is great Gene Hackman and William Dafoe are fantastic with the exception of the wife beating

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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