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Feb 28, 2020

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Burden tells the incredible true story of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund) who opened the world famous Redneck Shop and KKK Museum on the historic town square of Laurens South Carolina in 1996, then was subsequently wrenched out of the clutches of this hate family through the love of a single mother (Andrea Riseborough) and the faith of a African American, Baptist Minister (Forest Whitaker). Together, they face down irate, vengeful and violent Klan members and win over Reverend Kennedy's skeptical parishioners, forming a true bond and forging a path towards redemption and forgiveness.


  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Tom Wilkinson
  • Crystal Fox
  • Tess Harper
  • Anna Colwell
  • Usher Raymond
  • Jeff Pope
  • Jason Davis

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  • Forest Whitaker and Usher Raymond previously worked together in Light It Up (1999).
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It’s an eyebrow-raising true tale, one aided and abetted onscreen by the solid cast and strong sense of commitment. But Heckler is caught somewhere between being a journalistic historian and a dramatist without seeming expert at either. His screenplay connects all the dots of the story with no sense of shaping or modulation.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter

This movie is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, with no shortage of cringeworthy moments and an uninteresting lead performance.

Metacritic review by Jordan Hoffman
Jordan Hoffman
The Guardian

As Burden, Garrett Hedlund astonishes in a nuanced portrait of a man resistant to change, until he finally comes to understand that hatred is literally killing him.

Kate Erbland