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  • Mr. Lurie, credited as a co-writer as well as director of the remake — shot in Louisiana, standing in for Mississippi — told the Miami Herald that he chose the setting to "plant these characters in a community where the lifestyle is violence."

    Hollywood's Mississippi remains a brutal backwater →

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