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The Long Walk Home

7.31 h 36 min199113+
One black and one white woman in 1955 Montgomery, Alabama must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Richard Pearce
Sissy SpacekWhoopi GoldbergDwight Schultz
English [CC]
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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VicuñaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2021
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I’ve no idea how I managed to miss this film on release 30 years ago. To my surprise, I haven’t seen it before. It’s timeless in that it reflects the Stewart of the movement against segregation which started in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. It’s difficult to think that black people had no vote, no rights and were widely abused. I remember the race riots of the later 1959s and 1960s and this film is a reminder of how one woman stood up for what she believed in.

It’s sad to think that we still see inherent racism everywhere and it’s a salutary reminder that we’re all just humans trying to get by and do our best for ou families. I enjoyed every minute and thought it deals with a difficult subject with honesty and sensitivity. Very highly recommended.
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Jill MunroeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2022
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Gripping civil rights film
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Powerful and moving film with a stellar cast, it tells the story of Montgomery Alabama during the early days of the civil rights movement. Whoopi Goldberg plays a maid who has to walk miles to work every day after a collective decision by black citizens to boycott the buses at a time when black people were forced to sit at the back of the bus. It's always a shock to be reminded how bad it was in the Southern states in the 50's and 60's. Change has been slow. But change happens when people like Sissy Spacek's character have the courage to speak out and stop the ridiculous discrimination. Very moving.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This film moved me.
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I CANNOT BELIEVE that I have only just seen this film.
Didn't even know it gave me the goosebumps.
Whoopi Goldberg & Sissy Spacek especially were terrific.
This story...sadly a true one moved me.
Well done to Martin Luther King firstly for encouraging racial harmony, the producers & directors of this film, Miriam Thompson & Odessa Cotter, & the bus driver,
Anyone against this film & what it teaches should hang their heads in shame.
I am a 52 year old Scottish white woman....but colour should not matter.
Good cast in this & good acting.
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RebeccaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2021
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Emotive film
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The film depicts the events of the Alabama Montgomery bus boycotts in America and the impact that it had on the people at that time, especially from the perspectives of a black maid and her white female employer (Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek). The realistic storytelling is what makes the movie very touching to watch.
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Mrs. P. A. HarrisonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2021
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How are we not all the same a human being is a human being. At school in 1960 the first Jamaican boy joined my school I saw nothing other than the person he was a very nice boy. I thought this was well played by Whoopi and Sissy and just hope that there are far more Sissy characters out there.
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Lady LeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2021
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An excellent movie, depicting real events in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.
Sad to think that some people still hold these vile racist views in 2021...
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AGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent classroom resource
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Telling the story of the Montgomery Bus boycott from the viewpoint of a young girl. This is not a true story, as far as I know, rather one woven around facts & opinions from the time but this does not prevent it being an excellent and gripping film.
Housemaid Odessa (Whoopi Goldberg) walks to work because of the bus boycott until the wife of the house, played very sympathetically by Sissy Spacek, offers her a lift. All goes well until the husband discovers his wife's activity and objects. She bravely chooses to defy him and risks her marriage and being ostracised by her own community. From this point on the story develops to show a perfectly nice, loving family man adopting, or perhaps revealing, more outwardly racist attitudes which he sees as perfectly reasonable; and a wife trusting more in her own judgement rather than bowing to the prevailing wisdom of her family.
A well told story which shows the inherant racism of 1950s America and also the arrogance and fear of a white community. Both sides are portrayed with some sympathy and the film tries not to fall into stereotyping either black or white characters too much.
This film is excellent for use in a classroom setting to help students look at events from different angles. It always provokes discussion and thoughful debate. Why is it not available on DVD in UK format?
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ForrestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
A white hero.? Funny Narrative
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This is funny. It is supposed that this movie was related to the boycott and fight against segregation. They managed to twist the story in a way that a white privileged woman was the heroine....
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