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George Wallace (1997)

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

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John Frankenheimer

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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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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

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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We Shall Overcome
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Gary Sinise is wonderful!!!
13 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

The late John Frankenheimer was one of our truly great directors. He cut his teeth in the early days of television, directing over 100 tv shows and then he went on the direct Birdman Of Alcatraz, Seven Days In May, The Train and his masterpiece The Manchurian Candidate. He had a long dry spell after that where Hollywood more or less forgot about him, but in the early 90s he was able to make an amazing comeback with a series of tv films like Against The Wall, The Burning Season, Andersonville and this film. This is a man who directed actors like Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Edmond O'Brien, and yet he said Gary Sinise was one of the finest actors he ever worked with. Sinise is probably best remembered for his role as Lieutenant Dan in the Forrest Gump movie (one of the most depressing films that I ever saw I HATED IT!!!). He did a wonderful job as Harry Truman and he equally rises to the occasion as George Wallace. George Wallace was one of the truly controversial figures of our time. In 1958, he ran for Alabma's governor as someone who favored cival rights and lost. According to friends he vowed that he would never be "out niggered" again (excuse my language I'm just quoting what he said) and he won. He voweed in his inagural address "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!" If ever a man symbolized the horrors of racism in the 1960's it was certainly George Wallace. Sinise brilliantly portrays Wallace's ruthless ambition and drive for power, but then there is the 1972 assassination attempt that left him paralyzed. There is a sad scene in the film where a doctor tells him that he will be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, that he will be impotent and not even able to control bladder or bowel and that he will never have another day without pain. It's maybe because of this that Wallace sought not power but forgiveness in the last years of his life. He apologized to those he had hurt like the Freedom Riders. Sinise is wonderful in his role as is Angelina Jolie as his wife Cornelia. Forget her tatooes and her eccentricities, she is a fine actress who always delivers. Joe Don Baker also gives as Jim Folsom, Wallace's protege. Actually, it was only thru luck that Wallace became governor in 1962. Jim Folsom was a very popular Alabama politican who had been elected Governor twice before (1947-51,1955,59). In 1962, he ran against Wallace and had a good chance at a third term until he appeared drunk on a tv show on the eve of the election. Folsom forgot the names of his children and gave an extended imitation of a cuckoo clock. The performance cost him the election and ended his career as an important politician in Alabama.


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