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George Wallace (1997)

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

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Marshall Frady (book), Paul Monash (television story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... George C. Wallace
Mare Winningham ... Lurleen Wallace
Clarence Williams III ... Archie
Joe Don Baker ... Big Jim Folsom
Angelina Jolie ... Cornelia Wallace
Terry Kinney ... Billy Watson
William Sanderson ... T.Y. Odum
Mark Rolston ... Ricky Brickle
Tracy Fraim ... Gerald Wallace
Skipp Sudduth ... Al Lingo (as Skip Sudduth)
Ron Perkins ... Nicholas Katzenbach
Mark Valley ... Bobby Kennedy
Charles Bartlett ... Demonstrator
Terrence Beasor ... Demonstrator
Chuck A. Bernard Chuck A. Bernard ... Convention Speaker
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Storyline

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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Some wanted him president. Others wanted him stopped.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wallace See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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TNT See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

George C. Wallace: We gonna set the stage on this one. If Bobby Kennedy wants to talk to me, he's gonna have to come down here.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD has been cropped to 1.78:1 for modern widescreen televisions. The film was originally shot for television in 1997 in 1.33:1. This is very clear in the "making of" documentary, also on the DVD. It shows numerous shots of monitors on set, all clearly with markings for 1.33:1 and no additional markings at all for any intended cropping. In addition, all clips in the "making of" film are in the original 1.33:1, and comparison to the same shots in the feature shows how they have been cropped at both the top and bottom. See more »


Soundtracks

We Shall Overcome
Traditional, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
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well worth seeing
5 August 2002 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I had to order this movie online to see it, as it has disappeared from local video stores up here in the "progressive" Northeast. Since it was made only in 1997 and much older films are still readily accessible one wonders if perhaps the reason for its scarcity up here is its presentation of Wallace as something other than the standard, portrait of an ignorant, cardboard cutout racist, a conception which make the liberal New England chest swell with self-satisfied, holier-than-thou virtue.

I remember seeing, years ago, video coverage on the evening news of Wallace's farewell speech as governor to the Alabama state house employees. As the cameras panned over the crowd - vastly minority - tears were streaming down as many black faces as white. I knew then that there was an untold story here. This, one of the brilliant John Frankenheimer's last productions, tells that story. The acting, pacing, dramatic line and production values are all first rate.

One would have wished for a bit more time given to the apoplexy which Wallace's presidential drives in the 60's gave to the powers-that-be in both parties. We forget that Wallace's successes in the northeast as a candidate who articulated the disenfranchisement felt by the middle class, was a huge factor in the movement of the country away from LBJ liberalism and towards conservatism, culminating in the elections of Richard Nixon (himself no conservative, though he ran as one) and ultimately Ronald Reagan.

An iconoclastic film which deserves all the awards it received. Just don't try to find in the video stores north of the Mason/Dixon line.


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