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The Long Walk Home (1991)

Sissy Spacek , Whoopi Goldberg , Richard Pearce  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz, Ving Rhames, Dylan Baker
  • Directors: Richard Pearce
  • Writers: John Cork, Randy Meyer
  • Producers: Dave Bell, Edwin 'Itsi' Atkins, Hawk Koch, Stuart Benjamin, Taylor Hackford
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFJL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Long Walk Home" on IMDb

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Movie December 30, 2004
By Roni
This film brilliantly depicts how ugly discrimination is. Discrimination of any kind is as ugly as ugly gets. "The Long Walk Home" is just one example of the many forms of discrimination.

I am a huge fan of Whoopi Goldberg and she is a fantastic actress whether in a comedy or a show such as this - The Long Walk Home.

One can also appreciate the sense of helplessness of Mariam Thompson played by Sissy Spacek. The desire to do what is right and the desire to honor her husband's expectations.

A great film, a part of history that should teach all of us to embrace and celebrate the differences in societies, cultures, races, and the differences in all of us.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Favorite of Mine January 23, 2005
Sissy, as a sophisticated, mature woman, in a tender and touching screenplay, by John Cork, that revolves around the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. As Miriam Thompson, Sissy is the well-to-do wife of a city official whose busy life ("I'll be at the beauty parlor this morning, then there's a club luncheon, then I have this Junior League thing this afternoon...") is inconveniently affected by the fact that her maid, Odessa (Goldberg), has chosen to support the boycott, and is sometimes late for work. Goldberg, a deeply talented actress who plays *herself* a little too often to be taken seriously, is superb in a role that has very few lines. She lets her expressions (or lack thereof) do the work for her, and she is wholly believable as the maid who takes care of Miriam's family, and then must make the long walk home to take care of her own. The character studies of Miriam and Odessa are overlooked gems in both actresses careers, and it becomes apparent that the struggle is not just that of racism, but of feminism, as well. We are treated to a classic performance by Sissy, again expanding her own consciousness and rising above her milieu. The art direction is also one of the stars of this film, with amazing attention to period details. Supporting roles are extremely well cast. Sissy's daughter, Schuyler, who is already a veteran actress at 18, can be briefly glimpsed in her first film appearance, as the daughter's friend in the park scene. *Long Walk Home* is always elegant, but not always pretty, and it commands the viewers attention - like a picture postcard from another era arriving decades too late
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COURAGEOUS WOMEN October 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
When we think about the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of the Civil rights movement our minds immediately think of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Park. Very seldom do we think about the ordinary citizens who were responsible for taking risks in overthrowing segregation.
The Long Walk Home focuses on two women, one Black, the other white, in their struggle to come to turns with a movement about to turn their lives upside down. Meet Miriam, the typical white southern woman who lives to keep together her home. Of course her maid, Odessa, is the one who keeps the home. Miriam is not a bad woman. Her maid is just like family but talk of the boycott would be an inconvience to the family. After all, who will clean the shouse. Odessa, is the maid. She is a strong woman and loves her family. She is also tired of the mess going on.
Whoopi Goldberg and Sissey Spacek give sterling performances of women who are forced to change the way life has always been. Both must take risks and with those risks comes a price. Both of these women have outdone themselves in displaying the emotions, anger and disappointments in their lives. Every moment you feel their pain and sympathize with their dilemma. This movie is a testament of the strong southern Black and white women who took a stand for justice at the expense of defying their community. Share with them their story. You will be deeply moved and grateful for their sacrifice.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Walk Home December 15, 2001
By Lauren
Format:VHS Tape
The Long Walk home was a very informative and pleasurable movie. I first viewed the film in morality class. I thought it was just going to be another boring movie but to my surprise is was excellent! The movie provided an excellent view on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the prejudices that were faced by the people living in Alabama at that time. The movie presented me with a clearer understanding of the boycott as well as the moral issues that were faced by those who were affected by the boycott. The characters in the movie were captivating. They were so strong in standing up for their rights. Odessa despite the long walk refused to ride the bus and Miriam despite her husband continued to drive in the carpool. The movie proves that one person can make a difference and change the way others think.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film -- Terrible DVD February 20, 2003
By Alamo2
This is a marvelous film that gives an accurate account of life in the middle of the 20th Century in the Southern US. I couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD. And what did we get? The usual horrible ARTISAN shoddy worksmanship. The DVD has no extras, not even a trailer. It is in full frame instead of widescreen. But most important, the print is terrible. It is very soft, as if it is a copy of a copy. There is no sharpness to it at all, and colors bleed. It is as bad as Artisan's "The Quiet Man." Artisan should not be in the DVD business, as they have no concept of quality. I would be ashamed to work there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good performance.
Played well, good performance.
Published 4 days ago by acamus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Rosa Parks is one of my heroes
I had seen it on Netflix and had to have it. I grew up in that time and could relate to it. Great movie. Rosa Parks is one of my heroes.
Published 10 days ago by Anita J. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational in a world that I barely knew about ...
Very educational in a world that I barely knew about the whites & blacks. Made me understand more about the movement.
Published 14 days ago by Michelle Thiessen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good insight into the civil rights movement
A good insight into the civil rights movement. Two women's lives are bonded forever by the movement and respect for each other. Sissy at her best. Whoopie is just the uppermost.
Published 1 month ago by monica lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Courage that is hard to watch because of the truth it tells
This is a must-see movie. It should be shown in history classes -- and discussed. Taking a good look at who we were at that time is not an easy thing to do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caroline Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Was part of a school requirement
This movie was to be watched as part of a school project. We LOVED it, it shows a very interesting side of the struggle between the blacks and whites in the mid 1900's.
Published 2 months ago by K.Stanford
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid portrayal of the bus boycott
Those who watch this film will never forget what the bus boycott during the Civil Rights Movement was all about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scarlett
1.0 out of 5 stars Need to be more clear on region codes
Did not work on my DVD player, u need to be more clear on region codes when advertising items for Australian orders.
Published 2 months ago by hsmj62
4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Walk Home
I enjoyed this movie very much. What happen during this time was outrageous and knowing that there were
folks with the courage to step up and say this is wrong
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
A real look into the absolute disgusting and evil treatment from whites that blacks had to endure during the time period. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cameron Williams
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