Carnelle isn’t happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin Elain’s win many years ago. Few think she can win, even her closest friends and relatives (e.g. slightly mad cousin Delmount) think she’s heading for a big disappointment, but Carnelle is ever hopeful, seeing a win as a ticket to escape her small town in Mississippi.
Miss Firecracker is a 1989 comedy film directed by Thomas Schlamme. It stars Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard, and Scott Glenn. The film, set in Yazoo City, Mississippi, was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley and is based on her 1984 play, The Miss Firecracker Contest.
Miss Firecracker (1989)
Directed by: Thomas Schlamme
Starring: Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard, Scott Glenn, Veanne Cox, Ann Wedgeworth, Trey Wilson, Amy Wright, Kathleen Chalfant
Screenplay by: Beth Henley
Production Design by: Kristi Zea
Cinematography by: Arthur Albert
Film Editing by: Peter C. Frank
Costume Design by: Molly Maginnis
Art Direction by: Maher Ahmad, Debra Schutt
Music by: David Mansfield
Distributed by: Corsair Pictures
Release Date: April 28, 1989