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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 »

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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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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

Filmed in Sacramento, to use the California's capital building. Alabama refused to allow the use for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Wallace (Sinise) is watching TV after the events in Selma, the gas masks that the Alabama state troopers wear change in between scenes. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) 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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Sinise is superb
5 November 2002 | by LupercaliSee all my reviews

As an Australian I was unfamiliar with many of the fine historical details depicted in the movie, so it was in part a history lesson for me. It also means I have little at stake politically, so my review ought to be fairly unbiased in that respect.

George Wallace isn't an extraordinary film (especially considering it's from John (Manchurian Candidate) Frankenheimer), but it's thoroughly enjoyable, even if a little overlong for a single sitting. There are none of the elaborate directorial flourishes which you would get if this was an Oliver Stone job. Frankly, I was relieved.

I said the movie, as a whole, wasn't extraordinary. But Gary Sinise is quite simply superb. Irrespective of anything else, Wallace is worth watching just for his remarkable performance.

6.5/10 overall 10/10 for Sinise


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