Miss Firecracker

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Miss Firecracker is the streamlined title of the film version of Beth Henley's play The Miss Firecracker Contest. Holly Hunter plays a Mississippi girl whose sole reason for being is to enter beauty contests. Unfortunately, Holly's reputation for promiscuity is too well known in Yazoo City for her to be considered a serious contender for the "Miss Firecracker" competition. In the days before the contest, Holly attempts to rally around her those people who might enable her to win, including her cousin and idol, former "Miss Firecracker" Mary Steenburgen. The characters veer dangerously close to caricature at times but the film works for the most part, thanks to the virtuoso vitality of Holly Hunter. Watch for director Thomas Schlamme's real life wife (Christine Lahti) and child in a fleeting cameo appearance.


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
Bert Remsen
as Mr. Morton
Christine Lahti
as Clara Archer
Robert Fieldsteel
as Tommy Turner
Greg Germann
as Ronnie Wayne
Avril Gentles
as Mrs. Biggs
John Burgess
as William
Brent Spiner
as Preacher Mann
Joyce Murrah
as Ruby Kay
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Critic Reviews for Miss Firecracker

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Miss Firecracker

  • Apr 17, 2012
    Two big names, Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, unfortunately do not save this boring piece of lackluster storytelling (based on a play), except perhaps Tim Robbin's character defending his sister's honor at the judging pageant towards the end.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    Nice slice of Americana.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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