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The Best Mississippi Burning Movie Quotes 

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Updated February 6, 2019 118 votes 49 voters 1.6k views

The best Mississippi Burning quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Mississippi Burning, with the help of your votes. Starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, Mississippi Burning was directed by Alan Parker and released in 1988.

What is your favorite Mississippi Burning quote? One memorable line was when Anderson said, "Down here, things are different; here, they believe that some things are worth killing for." Another great line from Mississippi Burning is, "If you were a Negro, nobody would give a damn what you thought," spoken by Ward.

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He Was Ashamed

Ward: Where does it come from, all this hatred?
Anderson: You know, when I was a little boy, there was an old Negro farmer lived down the road from us, name of Monroe. And he was, uh, - well, I guess he was just a little luckier than my Daddy was. He bought himself a mule. That was a big deal around that town. Now, my Daddy hated that mule, 'cause his friends were always kiddin' him about oh, they saw Monroe out plowin' with his new mule, and Monroe was gonna rent another field now they had a mule. And one morning that mule just showed up dead. They poisoned the water. And after that there was never any mention about that mule around my Daddy. It just never came up. So one time, we were drivin' down the road and we passed Monroe's place and we saw it was empty. He'd just packed up and left, I guess. Gone up North, or somethin'. I looked over at my Daddy's face - and I knew he'd done it. And he saw that I knew. He was ashamed. I guess he was ashamed. He looked at me and he said: 'If you ain't better than a nigger, son, who are you better than?'...He was an old man just so full of hate that he didn't know that bein' poor was what was killin' him.


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I'd Probably Think The Same

Anderson: You know, if I were a Negro, I'd probably think the same way they do.
Ward: If you were a Negro, nobody would give a damn what you thought.


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You In Mississippi Now ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mississippi Burning Movie Quotes
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You In Mississippi Now

Mayor Tilman: Fact is, we got two cultures down here: a white culture, and a colored culture. Now, that's the way it always has been, and that's the way it always will be.
Anderson: Rest of America don't see it that way, Mr. Mayor.
Sheriff Ray Stuckey: Rest of America don't mean jack sh*t. You in Mississippi now.


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Wave A Stick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mississippi Burning Movie Quotes
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Wave A Stick

Sheriff Ray Stuckey: Do you like baseball, do you, Anderson?
Anderson: Yeah, I do. You know, it's the only time when a black man can wave a stick at a white man and not start a riot.


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