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The Long Walk Home (1990)

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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.

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writer:

John Cork
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Miriam Thompson
Whoopi Goldberg ... Odessa Cotter
Dwight Schultz ... Norman Thompson
Ving Rhames ... Herbert Cotter
Dylan Baker ... Tunker Thompson
Erika Alexander ... Selma Cotter
Lexi Randall ... Mary Catherine (as Lexi Faith Randall)
Richard Habersham Richard Habersham ... Theodore Cotter
Jason Weaver ... Franklin Cotter
Crystal Robbins ... Sara Thompson
Cherene Snow Cherene Snow ... Claudia
Chelcie Ross ... Martin
Dan Butler ... Charlie
Philip Sterling ... Winston
Schuyler Fisk ... Judy (Girl at Oak Park)
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Storyline

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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Drama | History

Certificate:

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Trivia

One of the buses used in the background is the actual bus #2857 on which Rosa Parks was arrested. The bus was in such bad shape that it had to be repainted and towed by a cable in scenes where it is moving. It has since been fully restored, and is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Narrator: 50,000 boycotted the buses in Montgomery. I knew one. Her name was Odessa Cotter.
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Soundtracks

PICNIC
Written by George Duning and Steve Allen
Performed by The McGuire Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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This is an oft overlooked gem !!
21 August 2000 | by GreyDivaSee all my reviews

Whoopie Goldberg got gypped in 1990, when she was nominated for, and won Best SUPPORTING actress for the movie "Ghost". THIS was the movie she should have been nominated for; in the BEST ACTRESS category. This was one of the finest performances of the year, and definitely of Ms. Goldberg's career. Regrettably, she is too well remembered as a comedienne. People forget how well she handles drama. This is a performance worth seeing. Sissy Spacek is fresh and forthright; and the story manages to be didactic without being heavy handed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1991 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Walk Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,140, 25 December 1990

Gross USA:

$4,873,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,873,620
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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