Miss Firecracker (1989)




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A hot tamale tries to throw off a different sort of heat in this comedy of small-town manners. Carnelle Scott (Holly Hunter) is best-known in her hometown of Yazoo City, MS, for her unrepentant promiscuity. An orphan taken in by her genteel relatives, she idolizes her older cousin, Elain Rutledge (Mary Streenburgen), a former Fourth of July "Miss Firecracker" contest winner who is taking time out from her life as a pampered wife in Atlanta to give a speech on "My Life as a Beauty" at this year's … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Beth Henley
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On DVD: May 25, 2004
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as Carnelle Scott

as Elain Rutledge

as Delmount Williams

as Popeye Jackson

as Mac Sam

as Tessy Mahoney

as Miss Blue

as Benjamin Drapper

as Missy Mahoney

as Mr. Morton

as Clara Archer

as Tommy Turner

as Ronnie Wayne

as Mrs. Biggs

as William

as Preacher Mann

as Ruby Kay
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Critic Reviews for Miss Firecracker

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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

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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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Nice slice of Americana.

Anthony Valletta

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