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The Long Walk Home


Overview - In the midst of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, dignified domestic worker Odessa Cotter does her part by walking the nine miles to her job at the home of civic-minded white socialite Miriam Thompson. When Miriam discovers Odessa's hardship, she volunteers rides, but her well-intentioned act earns her the wrath of the racist White Citizens' Council.  Read more...

 

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Overview

In the midst of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, dignified domestic worker Odessa Cotter does her part by walking the nine miles to her job at the home of civic-minded white socialite Miriam Thompson. When Miriam discovers Odessa's hardship, she volunteers rides, but her well-intentioned act earns her the wrath of the racist White Citizens' Council.

Cast List

Whoopi Goldberg - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Caryn Johnson - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Richard Pearce - American Director/Director Of Photography
Sissy Spacek - Oscar winning actress, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
Mary Elizabeth Spacek - Oscar winning actress, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Dwight Schultz - American Actor

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398163343
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Race Relations
Tear Jerker
Personal Triumph
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Synopsis:
Odessa is a black maid working for socialite Miriam Thompson and her family in segregated Montgomery Alabama, circa 1955. Odessa, honoring the bus boycott initiated by Rosa Parks, walks 9 miles to work every day. When Miriam becomes aware of this, she supports and aids her employee, much to the dismay of Miriam's husband and social circle.

Notes:
Shown at the Toronto Festival of Festivals September 10, 1990.

Reviews:
"...[Goldberg acts] with dignity, reserve and a lot more credibility than might be expected....A careful, dispassionate, finally moving evocation of its setting..." - 12/21/1990 New York Times, p.C28

 
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