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Walking Across Egypt (1999)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  17 December 1999 (USA)
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An elderly widow befriends an orphaned juvenile delinquent.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Forrest ...
Stray Dog
Robert Rigsbee
Gwen Verdon ...
Rev. Vernon
James Coleman III ...
Patrick David ...
David Cooper ...
Funeral Director
Jim Borda ...
Guard #1
Steven West ...
Guard #2
Warden Haswell
Pat Corley ...
Sheriff Tillman


An elderly widow befriends an orphaned juvenile delinquent.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »




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17 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leading with Her Heart  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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When Wesley runs upstairs as the police cars arrive at the house, the bedroom curtains are closed when seen from outside, but when Wesley runs to the window to look out the curtains are open. See more »


Mattie Rigsbee: You like grits for breakfast?
Wesley Benfield: I like everything but tomatoes.
Mattie Rigsbee: Good home-grown tomatoes?
Wesley Benfield: Any kind of tomatoes!
Mattie Rigsbee: Well, good Lord. There's nothing better! I love 'em with bacon. I'm gonna have some.
Wesley Benfield: Well, good for you!
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas works his genius!
6 March 2001 | by (Oakland, California) – See all my reviews

Late last night, suffering from insomnia, I decided to watch the Walking Across Egypt video I purchased over the weekend. JTT has such a magical performance in this film, I was actually watching the timer count down on the VCR as I simply didn't want this film to end. It is truly a gift, that I found this film in the "pre-viewed video" bin at one of the rental stores in Berkeley, CA. How I missed knowing about this film astonishes me, as it is must surely be one of the best films made in 2000. Both Burstyn and JTT give reserved, cool performances, but it is those calm, taking-my-time characterizations that allow for a real acme to surface during the film before the end of the story. I admit it, I've had a crush on JTT for years, but in this film I was even able to separate my belief that "JTT can do no wrong" from the truly brilliant acting of this fine fellow. I am only sorry that there are not more JTT films around. I have been completely unsuccessful in locating Speedway Junkie. As far as a recommendation on Walking..., run to your nearest video store to see this work of art! I promise, there is not a boring moment, and you will not be disappointed. Burstyn and Thomas absolutely sing with their synergy and sympathetic performances. The pairing of two of my very most favorite actors was someone's genius and my outstanding good luck. Speaking of luck, JT, if you are out there reading this - please keep with the films. You are an exceptional talent that needs to be seen and heard! Thanks to everyone for reading. Kieran O'Connell

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