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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.

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Richard Pearce

Writer:

John Cork
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Cast

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

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1991 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Der lange Weg See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,803,039
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In order to avoid the heavy competition of the holiday season, the film was withdrawn from distribution by Miramax following its December 1990 limited release and re-released March 22, 1991. 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

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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Children learn from watching
28 March 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"The Long Walk Home" (1990): Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz, Ving Rhames, and Dylan Baker star in this story about the 1955 Montgomery Alabama bus strike. It had to happen, but it wouldn't happen overnight, and not without serious new problems. The "back of the bus" rule was no longer acceptable to some citizens. This is a serious and insightful look at two fictional women, existing at opposite ends of the Montgomery social structure, who, while having accepted their current relationship, find themselves hesitant participants in the "larger" world. "The Long Walk Home" brings history back to life in reasonable and wonderfully detailed way. The acting is strong, dialog good, the sets and costuming some of the most thorough I've ever seen. Women have to take off their clip earring before speaking on the telephone. They leave lipstick on the edge of their Russel Wright coffee cup. Children stand in fear of adults doing things they don't understand, and often do NOT get explanations. THEY learn from behaviors.


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