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.
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
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.
Shown at the Toronto Festival of Festivals September 10, 1990.
"...[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