Following Alabama governor George Wallace through segregation, presidential elections, an assassination attempt and personal trauma.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lurleen Wallace
Big Jim Folsom
Cornelia Wallace
Billy Watson
T.Y. Odum
Ricky Brickle
Gerald Wallace
Al Lingo (as Skip Sudduth)
Charles Bartlett ...
Chuck A. Bernard ...
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A story about former Alabama governor George Wallace, whose views on racial segregation put him against the US government and at the forefront opposing the Civil Rights Movement. Mainly set from 1955 to 1972 with flashbacks, it tells the story of this governor, said to be in the USA, 'the greatest political loser of all time', having stood for the US presidency four times and losing each time. And how loss, pain and suffering would eventually lead him to renounce what he once stood for. Written by minty1364

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Did You Know?


The night that Gary Sinise won the Emmy award for his portrayal of George Wallace, the real George Wallace died of a heart attack. See more »


The future Cornelia Wallace is depicted as a small girl on her uncle's shoulders at Jim Folson's inauguration on January 17, 1955. In fact, Cornelia would have been eleven days short of her sixteenth birthday at the time. See more »


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We Shall Overcome
Traditional, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
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A Lesson For Everyone
24 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They don't always give Oscars to the right person. But in this case, they definitely got it right. Gary Sinese's portrayal of the extremely controversial man. He showed us the human side of this man who went through one of the most amazing transitions ever seen in public. We don't often get to see someone change to this degree. I followed this man's life as he lived it in the news. But unless you looked deeper you would have never gotten to see his transformation. He was much more than a one-dimensional racist. This is an excellent film that draws you in with tight writing. And amazing performances by everyone. But Sinese stood out. It's a shame this film didn't greater theatrical success. There're several lessons in this film. But one of the big ones was near the end when he went into the Dexter Ave. church. The people in that church. LISTENED. They didn't shout him down or interrupt in any way. We've gotten away from that in the 21st century. Even if we just "think" we don't agree with a speaker. We don't show basic decency like the people in that church did. I found it enlightening. See what you think. Give it a chance.

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