Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his partner, a former sheriff.
- Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, History, Mystery
- Studio: Orion Pictures
- Keyword: suicide, ku klux klan, mississippi river, sheriff, shotgun, deputy sheriff, fbi, motel, funeral, u.s. navy, burning cross, police, rope, based on true story, murder, racism
- Cast: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, Gailard Sartain