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Director  Thomas Schlamme
Initial DVD release  May 25, 2004
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Music director  David Mansfield
Country  United States
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Release date  April 28, 1989 (1989-04-28)
Writer  Beth Henley (play), Beth Henley (screenplay)
Cast  Holly Hunter (Carnelle Scott), Alfre Woodard (Popeye Jackson), Mary Steenburgen (Elaine Rutledge), Tim Robbins (Delmount Williams), Scott Glenn (Mac Sam), Trey Wilson (Benjamin Drapper)
Similar movies  Jupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Last Witch Hunter, Knock Knock
Tagline  An explosive comedy!

Miss firecracker 1989 movie

Miss Firecracker is a 1989 comedy film directed by Thomas Schlamme. It stars Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard, and Scott Glenn. The film, set in Yazoo City, Mississippi, was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley and is based on her 1984 play, The Miss Firecracker Contest.


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Carnelle (Holly Hunter) enters the Miss Firecracker beauty pageant which her hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi stages every Fourth of July, hoping to emulate her cousin Elain's (Mary Steenburgen) win some years previous. Carnelle was taken in as a waif by her genteel cousins after the death of her mother and grows up promiscuous, brash, unfeminine and lacking in grace. Few expect she can win, her closest friends and relatives think she is heading for a big disappointment, but Carnelle is ever hopeful. When her other cousin, the eccentric sociopath Delmount (Tim Robbins) decides to sell the house they both live in to make money, Carnelle becomes even more determined to win, viewing it as a way to escape her small town existence. Elain returns to the town to give a speech at the pageant after a breakup with her husband. Carnelle insists Elain let her wear the red dress in which she won the contest, thinking that will guarantee her success. Elain delays giving Carnelle the dress and makes excuses as to why she cannot have it, while pretending to be supportive. Carnelle surprisingly gets on the shortlist for the pageant when one of the other contestants pulls out. Without a red dress she breaks into a locked room in the house previously occupied by a sick relative and takes an old dress to wear. She comes last at the final and is frustrated by her failure. Back at the house she discovers Elain had brought the dress with her all along and had been lying to her. She confronts Elain about this, realizing the pageant is not the most important thing after all, then leaves the house and goes to the town observatory and watches the pageant fireworks display.


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  • Holly Hunter as Carnelle Scott
  • Mary Steenburgen as Elain Rutledge
  • Tim Robbins as Delmount Williams
  • Alfre Woodard as Popeye Jackson
  • Scott Glenn as Mac Sam
  • Veanne Cox as Tessy Mahoney
  • Ann Wedgeworth as Miss Blue
  • Trey Wilson as Benjamin Drapper
  • Amy Wright as Missy Mahoney
  • Kathleen Chalfant as Miss Lily
  • Robert Fieldsteel as Tommy Turner
  • Greg Germann as Ronnie Wayne
  • Avril Gentles as Mrs. Biggs
  • Bert Remsen as Mr. Morton
  • Angela Turner as Caroline Jefferson
  • Production and release

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    Costing US$4 million, Miss Firecracker was the first production for Corsair Pictures, a division of United Artists Communications. Scheduled for February 1989, it was released on April 28 of that year and grossed US$1.85 million in North America. A VHS release from HBO Home Video followed in November. Critical reception was mixed; the film carries a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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