The Long Walk Home

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Released 1990

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Director:
Richard Pearce
Released:
1990
Rating:
PG

The Long Walk Home is a drama film that examines the effects of an interracial friendship during the times of racial segregation. Odessa Cotter (Whoopi Goldberg) is a nanny for Mary Catherine (Lexi Randall), the daughter of wealthy couple Miriam (Sissy Spacek) and Tunker Thompson (Dylan Baker). Odessa has to deal with the problems that many African-Americans faced during this time period including racism and poverty. One day, a bus boycott forces Odessa to have no choice but to walk to work. In attempt to help relieve the effects of the long walk Odessa faces, Miriam offers to drive Odessa two days a week. When both Tunker and the white community hear about Miriam giving Odessa a ride, they give Miriam grief, saying she should not allow a black woman in her car. Miriam is forced to make the difficult decision of listening to what others say or doing what she thinks is morally right.

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