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Long Walk Home [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFJL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,046 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By RD VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
The Long walk home takes us to the period of American history when the Black uprising was just taking root.
Whoopi Goldberg plays Odessa, maid to the Thompson family and mother to her own. She is very close to their young daughter who is narrating the story and has been with the family for 9years. However, when Rosa Parks chooses not to give up her seat on the bus for a white man it has knock on effects throughout the country.

In Montgomery the Blacks decide to boycott the buses and walk everywhere. This means Odessa starts getting late to work and is always exhausted which takes a toll on her work and family life.
Mrs Thompson (Sissy Spacek) is a woman ahead of her time and doesn't believe in the wrongful treatment of people based on their colour. She soon begins to go against her husbands wishes and drives Odessa and other people around.
The movie explores the effects of the boycott on the two womens lives and families as well as their relationship with each other and, even to some extent, themselves. The movie culminates in a final stand-off between the citizens of Montgomery which is emotional in it's combined ferocity and gentle/simple outcome.

A beautiful film that doesn't aim to be overly melodramatic in the portrayal of events from one of the defining moments in history.
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This movie gives you a real insight into the aftermath of what went on in segregated America when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in December 1955. The actual bus that she was on is even featured in the film. It portrays the hardship and the resilience of black folks in the south who were determined and united to make change happen for their civil rights. Whoopi Goldberg gave a wonderful contribution as well as Sissy Spacek with an emotional surprise ending. If you are interested in civil rights, then this film is definitely a must see!
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The DVD arrrived promptly and was well packaged but I am disappointed that I have to see spanish subtitles on the film all the time. It is impossible to remove them, either using the subtitles option on remote or using the arrow keys to request no subtitles.Either way it makes no difference and the subtitles appear. This is the second Spanish speaking film which offers the choice of other languages, but then fails to remove spanish subtitles appearing. I will not buy a Spanish DVD like this again.
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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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