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The Long Walk Home Details


The Long Walk Home is a recreation of a troubled era in American history. The time is 1955; the place, Montgomery, Alabama. When Rosa Parks, an African American woman, is arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, it is the first volley in the great Bus Boycott, organized by Dr. Martin Luther King in order to desegregate the Birmingham transportation system. The boycott is a decided inconvenience for Miriam Thompson (Sissy Spacek), a well-to-do white woman. Now, Miriam must drive to the black section of town to pick up her maid Odessa Cotter (Whoopi Goldberg) and bring her to work. Outside of her own social circle, Miriam realizes for the first time just how privileged, sheltered and self-centered her life has been. What brings this fact home is the realization that Odessa has literally been raising two families: the Thompsons' and her own. Odessa has also sacrificed her own health and wellbeing to serve her employers without question or complaint. Awakened to the true inequities of "Separate But Equal", and impressed by Dr. King's edict of nonviolent resistance, Miriam joins the boycott. This stirs up the racist feelings harbored by Miriam's husband Norman (Dwight Schultz), who at the behest of his goonish brother Tunker (Dylan Baker) joins the Klanlike White Citizen's Council. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 1990


Sissy Spacek
as Miriam Thompson
Whoopi Goldberg
as Odessa Cotter
Dwight Schultz
as Norman Thompson
Ving Rhames
as Herbert Cotter
Dylan Baker
as Tunker Thompson
Erika Alexander
as Selma Cotter
Lexi Randall
as Mary Catherine Thompson
Richard Habersham
as Theodore Cotter
Jason Weaver
as Franklin Cotter
Mary Steenburgen
as Narrator
Crystal Thompson
Cherene Snow
as Claudia
Chelcie Ross
as Martin
Dan Butler
as Charlie
Philip Sterling
as Winston
Haynes Brooke
as Policeman at Oak Park
Stacy Fleming
as Tall Boy
Jeff Taffet
as Boy #2
Jay Reed
as Boy #3
Afemo Omilami
as Taxi Driver
Norman Matlock
as Preacher
Bobby Howard
as Clipboard Man
Schuyler Fisk
as Judy (Girl at Oak Park)
Graham Timbes
as Clyde Sellers
Crystal Robbins
as Sara Thompson
Jim Haffey
as Bus Driver
Nancy Moore Atchison
as Anne/Girl At Oak Park
Jim Aycock
as Roger
Shari Rhodes
Rebecca Wackler
as Lucille
Kevin Thigpen
as Worker #1
Daniel Jenkins
as Auburn Fan #1


Richard Pearce
Howard W. Koch
John Cork
Roger Deakins
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Yahraus
Edwin C. Atkins
Production Designer
Blake Russell
Production Designer
Edwin C. Atkins
Associate Producer
Stuart Benjamin
Executive Producer
Taylor Hackford
Executive Producer
Gretchen Rau
Set Designer
Shay Cunliffe
Costume Designer
Shari Rhodes
Marie Carter