Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his, former Sheriff, partner.

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  1. Chris Gerolmo


  2. Alan Parker


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  1. Gene Hackman

    Gene Hackman

    Agent Rupert Anderson

  2. Willem Dafoe

    Willem Dafoe

    Agent Alan Ward

  3. Frances McDormand

    Frances McDormand

    Mrs. Pell

  4. Brad Dourif

    Brad Dourif

    Deputy Clinton Pell

  5. R. Lee Ermey

    R. Lee Ermey

    Mayor Tilman

  6. Gailard Sartain

    Gailard Sartain

    Sheriff Ray Stuckey

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 8m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $34,604,000.00

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Release Information

  • December 8, 1988
    R, Theatrical



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