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The Long Walk Home (1990)

Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.

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Norman Thompson
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Selma Cotter
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Mary Catherine (as Lexi Faith Randall)
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Theodore Cotter
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Franklin Cotter
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Sara Thompson
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Claudia
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Martin
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Charlie
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Winston
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Judy (Girl at Oak Park)
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Dramatizes the events in 1955-1956 in Montgomery, Alabama, when blacks boycotted public transport becuase they were forced to sit at the back. Odessa works as a maid for the Thompsons, and as well as she is treated, she feels it is her duty to walk to work, even if it means she is exhaused, and gets to work late. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Their forbidden friendship changed a nation.

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12 April 1991 (Brazil)  »

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Der lange Weg  »

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$4,803,039
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At the beginning of the story, the narrator (the adult Mary Katherine) says that she was 7 years old at the time of the story. Later, when Mrs. Thompson is angrily calling the police, she says "Tell Clyde Sellers that one of his policeman threw my 9-year-old daughter out of Oak Park" when talking to the secretary. See more »

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Odessa Cotter: Miss Thompson, I don't want your children to grow up scared of mine.
Miriam Thompson: It's just that a lot of the whites are scared. I'm a little scared.
Odessa Cotter: We're all scared. What's scarin' you Miss Thompson, who you are, or what Mr. Thompson wants you to be?
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MISTER SANDMAN
Written by Pat Ballard
Performed by The Chordettes
Courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licesing, Inc.
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underappreciated

whoopi goldberg shines in this gripping and moving racial drama! she won the oscar for "ghost" (released the same year), but better deserved it for this film. i think that just goes to demonstrate underlying racism in hollywood (giving the award for a comedic performance by a black performer), which as of the academy awards 2002 has seemingly begun to crack. the film is a triumph of spirit and emotionally challenging to watch at times. it just makes me shake my head at how slow understanding between people who are different can be. this is one film all involved should be very proud of!!


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