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Murder in Mississippi (1965)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | October 1965 (USA)
White dilettante Carol Lee Byrd and her two friends are arrested by mean racist Sheriff Engstrom in the deep south for trying to encourage local browbeaten black citizens to become ... See full summary »

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Joseph P. Mawra (as J.P. Mawra)
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Credited cast:
Sheila Britt Sheila Britt ... Carol Lee Byrd (as Sheilla Britton)
Sam Stewart Sam Stewart ... Phil Loving
Derek Crane Derek Crane ... Sheriff Engstrom (as Derrek Crane)
Lew Stone Lew Stone ... Luther Barnes
Martin St. John Martin St. John ... Tyrone Carver
John Steel John Steel ... Deputy Sheriff Bob Engstrom
Wayne Foster Wayne Foster ... Andy Loving
Richard Towers ... Dick Byrd (as Dick Stone)
Otis Young ... Paul Jackson
Irv Seldin Irv Seldin ... Bernie Meyers
Frank Philadelphia Frank Philadelphia ... Assistant U.S. Attorney
Millie Moran Millie Moran ... Guitar Player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Donzell Lisa Donzell ... Prostitute
Peter Hall Peter Hall ... Agent Hahn
Alma Hubbard Alma Hubbard ... Mrs. Moore
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White dilettante Carol Lee Byrd and her two friends are arrested by mean racist Sheriff Engstrom in the deep south for trying to encourage local browbeaten black citizens to become registered voters. After her friends are both killed, Byrd gets abducted by two sleazy rednecks who keep her in a secluded cabin so they can use her as their own personal sex slave. Written by Woodyanders

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Crime | Drama

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Terrible production values, but still a very daring film.
8 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I read the other review and I guess I just see this film a bit differently--though at least when it comes to the production values, we do agree. This film, to put it charitably, is about as amateurish a film as you can find in many ways. The camera-work is extremely poor and it is true that the black characters are so black in the film it's hard to distinguish their faces at times. The actors are clearly not professionals and while some do a good job, others are just awful--such as the old lady on the porch who is being quizzed on the Constitution. In some scenes, film clips are re-used due to a brain-addled editor! Plus, sometimes actors clearly flub their lines or talk over the other actors. Heck, Ed Wood could have done a better job when it came to the production values!

But, at the same time, I really did admire this film. It is one of the very first to really deal with race in the United States--and I am NOT talking about a sanitized film about race like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". It dares to fictionalize the murder of several civil rights workers in Mississippi--a recent crime that still hadn't been solved as of 1965. Yes, too much time is spent focusing on the woman who may or may not get raped, but for the time, it was a very dangerous thing to make a film this blunt and unflinching in addressing bigotry in all its ugliness.

So, yes, the film DOES suck technically. But, it is still a very important, very interesting and brave little super-low budget film--and well worth seeing despite its deficiencies.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Murder Mississippi See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Tiger Productions See more »
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