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In order to avoid the heavy competition of the holiday season, the film was withdrawn from distribution by Miramax following its December 1990 limited release and re-released March 22, 1991.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

Tunker Thompson: If she'd rather walk, let the soles of her feet bleed 'til she begs to ride that bus.
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Connections

Remake of The Long Walk Home (1987) See more »

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Written by George Duning and Steve Allen
Performed by The McGuire Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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underappreciated

whoopi goldberg shines in this gripping and moving racial drama! she won the oscar for "ghost" (released the same year), but better deserved it for this film. i think that just goes to demonstrate underlying racism in hollywood (giving the award for a comedic performance by a black performer), which as of the academy awards 2002 has seemingly begun to crack. the film is a triumph of spirit and emotionally challenging to watch at times. it just makes me shake my head at how slow understanding between people who are different can be. this is one film all involved should be very proud of!!


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