Cinema: The Fire in the South MISSISSIPPI BURNING

Directed by Alan Parker Screenplay by Chris Gerolmo

Why does FBI agent Anderson (Gene Hackman) like baseball? Because, as he keeps telling people in Mississippi Burning, "it's the only game where a black man can wave a stick at a white man without starting a riot."

Were there in 1964 (or for that matter, have there ever been) FBI men like Anderson, who does not seem to own a black suit or a snap-brim fedora, who talks like a human being instead of a prerecorded announcement and shuffles slyly rather than striding officiously through an investigation? Were there, have there been, agents like his immediate superior Ward (Willem Dafoe),...

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