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NEW Miss Firecracker (DVD)

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Contemporary playwright, Beth Henley's ("Crimes Of The Heart") "The Miss Firecracker Contest" is brought to life and to the big screen.
The film features an incredible Holly Hunter as the tramp of the town turned wanna-be good girl beauty queen Carnelle Scott. Carnelle was an abandoned little girl who was dropped off at her aunt's house in Yazoo City not more than a year old with ringworm, diaper rash and a bag of dirty rags.
Deeply intense, Tim Robbins as cousin Delmount Williams (recently out of a mental ward) and the beautiful Mary Steenburgen as Elain Rutledge (a forever young beauty queen) grew up with young Carnelle in their household and under their mother's care and Carnelle is more like a sister to them than a cousin.
After Carnelle works on her talent routine for FIVE years and then dyes her hair a bright red, she gets up enough gumption to enter the Yazoo City Miss Firecracker Contest!
Enter Alfre Woodard as Popeye, the local seamstress that learned her trade at the tender age of four - sewing costumes and clothes for the Yazoo City's neighborhood bullfrogs! Carnelle hires Popeye to help her with her costumes for the beauty pageant. All Popeye wants to do is move to Elysian Fields (a funny and touching scene inthe movie) to forget about her troubles and eat ambrosia all the live long day.
A week before the pageant, the carnival shows up in town with all it's pretty lights and fun rides. Scott Glenn as the carnie, Mac Sam has a romantic history with Carnelle and is certainly dying of lung and kidney failure when he shows up in Yazoo City in the year 1988. This year will be his last for a Firecracker Celebration.
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie is so funny and at the same time very sad. It takes
place in Yazoo City Mississippi. Every year there is a big fair
and the high point in the Miss Firecracker Contest. Holly Hunter
worships her cousin Elaine played to perfection by Mary Steenburgeen. Elaine was once a winner in the Miss Firecracker
Contest, and Holly Hunter wants to enter. Elaine has come back
to deliver a speech as she has moved on and made a successful
life for herself. Holly Hunter has no confidence and it means
everything to her to win. The movie is full of crazy characters
and really shows southern life. Tim Robbins plays Mary Steenburgeen's brother and Holly Hunter's cousin. He is so
funny in this movie. Holly Hunter is great as the girl trying
so hard to win. Mary Steenburgeen is beautiful as a past winner
but her character is vain and selfish. This movie is so funny
and you will love it. Great acting,story, script, and cast
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holly :) Nov. 23 2001
By Calle
Format:VHS Tape
Being a Holly Hunter fans is a great thing because you get to see many good movies you never heard of before. This movie was made just after her big break with Raising Arizona and Broadcast News. Holly Hunter plays Carnelle Scott, a small town woman with bad self-confidence. Her dream is to win the local beauty contest, and become "Miss Firecracker", like her cousin Elain did some years ago.
The beginning of the movie made me think maybe it wasn't a very good movie, but it sure got better. Any movie with Holly Hunter is worth watching (except for Crash), and Tim Robbins, Mary Steenburgen, Alfre Woodard and Scott Glenn were very good too. It's not one of Holly's best movies, but it's good, and has funny characters. Any fan of the actors should see it (especially if you want to see Holly Hunter tap dance).
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Format:VHS Tape
Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen & Alfre Woodard are three of the most remarkable actresses around today. This is a tour-de-force for each of them. Tim Robbins & Scott Glenn are wonderful as well. This is the biggest collection of weird, wacky and downright strange misfits ever gathered together. In the beginning you will wonder why you are watching this film, but by the end you will have been charmed by the characters and truly care about them. This film shows you what really incredible actors can do. It's one of my all time favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you must see this movie Oct. 6 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I just watched this movie the other day and i must admit in the beginning i was wondering where my brain had went to. As it progressed it got better and eventually had me engrossed in the life of Carnelle. Alfre Woodard is great. Although i do not care for Mary Steenburgen she was good in this movie. I absolutely love Tim Robbins. He is my favorite actor, so of course i loved his role as the black sheep brother, Delmount. All in all this is a must see and i highly recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a quality film.
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