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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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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

When Wallace is about to appear on stage at Harvard, the wide view (possibly actual footage?) shows the curtain opening with a hand up at about chest level and another person ducking out towards the left (of the picture). In the close-up of him though, the hand is much farther down and the second person is not to be seen. 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
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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Surprisingly involving portrait of a questionable man
11 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

In many ways Wallace was a reprehensible man so a three hour film of his rather infamous life should be a struggle to get through, that its not is almost wholly because it has such a high quality cast.

Clarence Williams III offers quiet support in the difficult role of Wallace's long time servant and the many familiar faces that are in support all are fine in their various roles. The real spotlight is on the three main characters and its here that the film really delivers.

Mare Winningham is both strong and soft as Lurleen Wallace standing by her man who is devoted to her. Their relationship does much to humanize Wallace. Angelina Jolie, during the very brief period of her career spent in TV, is equally strong as Cornelia Wallace showing that she was more than the trophy wife she was sometimes painted. Even with all this excellent work the film would be nothing without a knockout lead actor and Gary Sinise is that. He is totally committed to the character whether showing his bigotry or his humanity, a splendid piece of work. Frankenheimer's direction is sure handed keeping the interest level high as he moves through a most complicated man's life.


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