Miss Firecracker

Miss Firecracker

Director: Thomas Schlamme Cast: Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins



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 pageant. Determined to follow in Elain's footsteps, Carnelle puts a damper on her libido and enlists the help of local seamstress Popeye Jackson (Alfre Woodard) in preparing for the pageant. She also implores Elain to let her borrow the red dress in which Elain won the contest in 1972. Meanwhile, Elain's brother, ne'er-do-well Delmount Williams (Tim Robbins), arrives with a get-rich-quick scheme that involves hocking the family estate. Into this mix steps Mac Sam (Scott Glenn), one of the men who contributed to Carnelle's scandalous past. Adapted by Beth Henley from her own play The Miss Firecracker Contest, Miss Firecracker finds Hunter reprising her stage role. The actress also starred in Henley's Crimes of the Heart on Broadway, although she did not appear in the 1986 film adaptation. Woodard and Steenburgen previously appeared together in Cross Creek. Miss Firecracker was shot on-location in real-life Yazoo City.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/1994
UPC: 0026359033032
Original Release: 1989
Rating: PG
Source: Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Carnelle Scott
Mary Steenburgen Elain Rutledge
Tim Robbins Delmount Williams
Alfre Woodard Popeye Jackson
Scott Glenn Mac Sam
Veanne Cox Tessy Mahoney
Ann Wedgeworth Miss Blue
Trey Wilson Benjamin Drapper
Amy Wright Missy Mahoney
Bert Remsen Mr. Morton
Gregg Burge Actor
Avy Kaufman Actor
Mindy Marin Actor
Kathleen Chalfant Miss Lily
Robert Fieldsteel Tommy Turner
Greg Germann Ronnie Wayne
Avril Gentles Mrs. Biggs
Mitch Saxton Mitch
John Burgess William
Brent Spiner Preacher Mann
Joyce Murrah Ruby Kay

Technical Credits
Thomas Schlamme Director
Maher Ahmad Art Director
Arthur Albert Cinematographer
Lewis M. Allen Executive Producer
Fred Berner Producer,Production Designer
Richard Coll Producer
Homer Denison Score Composer
Peter C. Frank Editor
Beth Henley Screenwriter
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Ross E. Milloy Executive Producer
Helen Pollak Associate Producer
Kristi Zea Production Designer

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