Miss Firecracker (1989)




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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.
Comedy , Drama
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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
Bert Remsen
as Mr. Morton
Christine Lahti
as Clara Archer
Kathleen Chalfant
as Miss Lily
Robert Fieldsteel
as Tommy Turner
Greg Germann
as Ronnie Wayne
Avril Gentles
as Mrs. Biggs
Brent Spiner
as Preacher Mann
Joyce Murrah
as Ruby Kay
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Critic Reviews for Miss Firecracker

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Miss Firecracker is a huge cotton candy of a movie -- there's not really much there; but it's gaudy to look at, and sweet going down the gullet.

Full Review… | June 27, 2015
Tulsa World

Warmly human film based on Beth Henley's 1984 play. It will appeal to those who long for liberation from bad dreams and yearn for a place where they can be accepted for who they are.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Hunter is great, but the story works better on stage

July 15, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

A neglected gem with sensational performances by everyone, especially Steenburgen and Woodard.

April 3, 2003
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May 7, 2007

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December 18, 2004

Audience Reviews for Miss Firecracker


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Whiny and annoying

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 Gilbert
Max Gilbert

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