Mississippi Burning

Continuity mistake: Anderson (Gene Hackman) visits Clinton Pell's wife and she's talking about Genesis 9, verse 27. In the first shot he's standing right behind her. In the next shot he stands on her left side. Then again right behind her.

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Revealing mistake: In the barber shop scene at the end of the film, Agent Anderson terrorises Deputy Sheriff Pell (who has a full head of hair) with a razor blade. Anderson throws him across the room, but the person being thrown across the room has a mostly bald head.

Other mistake: In one shot, during the lynching, the noose comes undone from the character's neck while he is hanging.

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Trivia: At one point you see a fiery white supremacist leader, preaching to a rally and saying things like, "Every white, Anglo-Saxon, Christian one of us." The actor playing that role is Stephen Tobolowsky - a Polish name, and also almost certainly not Protestant (as the speaker would have meant when he said "Christian".).


Mrs. Pell: If you're ever in Des Moines, don't send me a postcard.

Anderson: You know, if I were a Negro, I'd probably think the same way they do.
Ward: If you were a Negro, nobody would give a damn what you thought.

Mayor Tilman: Fact is, we got two cultures down here: a white culture, and a colored culture. Now, that's the way it always has been, and that's the way it always will be.
Anderson: Rest of America don't see it that way, Mr. Mayor.
Sheriff Ray Stuckey: Rest of America don't mean jack shit. You in Mississippi now.

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Question: Who was the man who hung himself in the end?

Chosen answer: The Mayor (played by R Lee Ermey) who had been told the story of Homer Wilkes and threatened with castration earlier on.

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