Miss Firecracker (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Beth Henley
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004
HBO Video


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
Brent Spiner
as Preacher Mann
Joyce Murrah
as Ruby Kay
John Burgess
as William
John Burgess
as William
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Critic Reviews for Miss Firecracker

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Audience Reviews for Miss Firecracker


Whiny and annoying

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

Super Reviewer


Nice slice of Americana.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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