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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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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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Trivia

Oak Park is an actual park in Montgomery, Alabama. See more »

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The bidding and play in a Bridge game does not make sense according to the rules of Bridge. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Zombie Nightmare (1994) See more »

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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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Worth a lot
1 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I forget when I saw the film or where, but it stayed with me. I really feel the film never got its appropriate praise or fan fair, but maybe some films are meant to be discovered by people as hidden gems and aren't meant to be touted as classics. Though I feel this one is.

I felt that Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek were the cornerstones of the film and deepened the work by providing three dimensional characters that had more to do than just worry about a cause. They had lives to lead and families to raise and the film focuses on their daily living and how they lived it with this larger situation going on around them.

This choice of direction brings us into the story much quicker because it focuses on the people and the impact the situation has on them.

What stays with me is the subtlety and how small gestures can have a great impact.

My favorite movies are about people. Real people interest me more than perfect people. This movie kept me interested.

I bought this film on clearance and when I saw the $7.99 price tag I thought to myself - 'This is worth so much more' And it is!


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