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Miss Firecracker Details


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. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


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
Avril Gentles
as Mrs. Biggs
Mindy Marin
Mitch Saxton
as Mitch
Gregg Burge
Joyce Murrah
as Ruby Kay
Greg Germann
as Ronnie Wayne
Kathleen Chalfant
as Miss Lily
Robert Fieldsteel
as Tommy Turner
Brent Spiner
as Preacher Mann
Avy Kaufman


Thomas Schlamme
Fred Berner
Lewis M. Allen
Richard Coll
Beth Henley
Play Author
Beth Henley
Arthur Albert
Homer Denison
Composer (Music Score)
David Mansfield
Composer (Music Score)
Peter C. Frank
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Fred Berner
Production Designer
Maher Ahmad
Art Director
Helen Pollak
Associate Producer
Lewis M. Allen
Executive Producer
Molly Maginnis
Costume Designer
Debra Schutt
Set Decorator