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The film features an incredible Holly Hunter as the tramp of the town turned wanna-be good girl beauty queen Carnelle Scott. Carnelle was an abandoned little girl who was dropped off at her aunt's house in Yazoo City not more than a year old with ringworm, diaper rash and a bag of dirty rags.
Deeply intense, Tim Robbins as cousin Delmount Williams (recently out of a mental ward) and the beautiful Mary Steenburgen as Elain Rutledge (a forever young beauty queen) grew up with young Carnelle in their household and under their mother's care and Carnelle is more like a sister to them than a cousin.
After Carnelle works on her talent routine for FIVE years and then dyes her hair a bright red, she gets up enough gumption to enter the Yazoo City Miss Firecracker Contest!
Enter Alfre Woodard as Popeye, the local seamstress that learned her trade at the tender age of four - sewing costumes and clothes for the Yazoo City's neighborhood bullfrogs! Carnelle hires Popeye to help her with her costumes for the beauty pageant. All Popeye wants to do is move to Elysian Fields (a funny and touching scene inthe movie) to forget about her troubles and eat ambrosia all the live long day.
A week before the pageant, the carnival shows up in town with all it's pretty lights and fun rides. Scott Glenn as the carnie, Mac Sam has a romantic history with Carnelle and is certainly dying of lung and kidney failure when he shows up in Yazoo City in the year 1988. This year will be his last for a Firecracker Celebration.Read more ›
Then this was recommended to me. A small movie and a sleeper that is a must see. Steenbergen is excellent [...]. Holly is the orphan-turned-town-pump-turned-determinedly-upwardly-mobile in the big small way offered by a small town.
All are excellent, but it is Alfre Woodard who walks -- ambles? -- away with the film. Hilarious and profoundly serious at the same time. And of a lovely light romantic idealism lighter than the lightened Carnelle in the scene at the end when she finally climbs above the ground.
Sweet and lovely film. You'll love it. If you don't, then you didn't watch it.
Popcorn-suitable, for those who prefer that kind of film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a gem of a movie. Great casting. Marvelous script. Just what you want to watch on a summer evening.Published 3 months ago by vinmoet
Loved this movie! Changed my life. Opened up my eyes to people's perspectives of family's...Published 8 months ago by Randall Laue
Could not have been more disappointed. I gave it away to charity.Published 8 months ago by Carolyn S.
Someone borrowed my copy and did not return it. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Personally, I enjoyed this movie about an off-beat woman who decides compete in the Miss Firecracker contest.
She wants to go from being Miss Hot Tamale to Miss Firecracker. Read more
This is a classic movie about true southern eccentrics. Great cast. cheers, karl giesPublished 12 months ago by Karl Gies
Torn between 2 and 3 stars. I decided to go with 3 because I guess it was OK but it was just barely. Nope, now that I think of it I am going back to two starsPublished 15 months ago by Sophronia Adams
Not what I expected. Very disappointed in the story plot. Really thought it was going to be entertaining.Published 23 months ago by Amanda
I enjoyed this movie. I sent it to my daughter to watch with her young daughters.Published on July 21, 2014 by sandy
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