Mississippi Burning Criticism
Hollywood always finds a way to make money from the telling of tragic stories. The making of "Mississippi Burning" is no different. Released in January 1989 the movie earned $34,000,000 at the box office. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including best picture, best actor in a leading role (Gene Hackman) and best actress in a supporting role (Frances McDormand). Awarded one Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Peter Biziou) and 18 others honors, the movie was well received. However, for those who were present for, or touched personally by the events surrounding the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner the reception of the film version was controversial. Queens College, having been deeply rooted in the events, became a forum for criticism of the film.