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Walking Across Egypt (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 December 1999 (USA)
An elderly widow befriends an orphaned juvenile delinquent.

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Clyde Edgerton (novel), Paul Tamasy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forrest Forrest ... Stray Dog
Ellen Burstyn ... Mattie Rigsbee
Judge Reinhold ... Robert Rigsbee
Mark Hamill ... Lamar N. Benfield
Gwen Verdon ... Alora
Harve Presnell ... Finner
Edward Herrmann ... Rev. Vernon
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Wesley Benfield
James Coleman III James Coleman III ... Blake
Patrick David ... Johnny
David Cooper David Cooper ... Funeral Director
Jim Borda Jim Borda ... Guard #1
Steven West Steven West ... Guard #2
Steve Raulerson Steve Raulerson ... Warden Haswell
Pat Corley ... Sheriff Tillman
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Storyline

An elderly widow befriends an orphaned juvenile delinquent.

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Doing the right thing can be as hard as... Walking Across Egypt

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leading with Her Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mitchum Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Jonathan Taylor Thomas' last full length feature film. See more »

Goofs

At breakfast, Wesley's glass of orange juice is alternately in his hand/on the table between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mattie Rigsbee: Let Lamar say the blessing.
Wesley Benfield: Oh.
Lamar N. Benfield: Oh, er...
[clears throat uncomfortably]
Lamar N. Benfield: Er, thank you for the world so sweet, er... thank you for the food we eat, thanks for the birds that sing, thank you God, for everything!
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Alternate Versions

While Mrs Rigsby is cutting Wesley's hair, she quotes scripture to him, stating "The Bible says, if your hand causes you to steal, then cut it off." In the DVD version, she makes a snipping motion with her scissors in front of his mouth, adding "same goes for your tongue, too". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gettin' Gone
Written and Performed by Dillon Dixon, Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders
Published by Pianella Music Inc., ASCAP
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9 October 2000 | by Bob-321See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this movie, but I like Ellen Burstyn very much and rented the disk because she was the star. A couple of hours later I had tears on my cheeks and the feeling that I'd seen a film made in earlier, simpler times. That's a compliment. It's the story of a sweet elderly lady (Burstyn) whose faith and trust reform a juvenile delinquent (the fine teenage actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas). OK, it's a corny plot and it's been done a thousand times. And maybe not every question is answered here. But there are many surprises -- small story twists that are clever, reasonable and satisfying. Countless details show expert writing and film-making. Besides the two stars, the cast includes some solid names: Harve Presnell, Gwen Verdon, Edward Herrmann, Judge Reinhold and Mark Hamill. The title comes from the old-fashioned expression, "I could no more do [something impossible] than I could walk across Egypt." Incredibly, the rural, moss-draped locations were all found "in and around the city of Orlando." Florida, that is. Don't look for the travel-agency Orlando. Just do yourself a favor. Relax, forget the frantic concepts that some recent movie s have made us think are essential, and give yourself to "Walking Across Egypt." A handsome film, a superb cast, a heart-warming story. We're not often handed so many pleasures in a single picture.


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