The Long Walk Home Movie Essay Examples

Starring:Crystal Robbins, Dwight Schultz, Dylan Baker, Erika Alexander, Jason Weaver, Lexi Randall, Richard Habersham, Sissy Spacek, Ving Rhames, Whoopi Goldberg
Summary:Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
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Cinematic Analysis: The Long Walk Home 

Part A: Plot Summary

The Long Walk Home

, directed by Richard Pearce, is the tale of Miriam Thompson (Sissy Spacek), a white woman in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, who dances on the line  between the two opposing sides of the movement until she is forced to make a decision. The film exp

lores her evolving perception of what is right and what is wrong. Miriam’s story centralizes on the that theme that no matter what one’s past or social class is, one can always change to do

the right thing. However,

The Long Walk Home

is as much about racial issues as it is about the relationship between Miriam and her housekeeper, Odessa (Whoopi Goldberg). The movie opens at the start of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Odessa, who would always take the bus

to Miriam’s house now had to walk to and f 

rom work, starts to get occasional rides to work from

Miriam. Eventually, Miriam begins to drive Odessa to work everyday. When Miriam’s husband,

 Norman (Dwight Schultz), finds out that Miriam is driving Odessa to work he condemns her, saying that her actions are ruining his reputation as a white man in Montgomery. Miriam then realizes that she cannot stay on the fence any longer. She defies the social norm that she has been  brought up in and joins the organized carpool among the African American, without her

husband’s knowledge. Weeks later Norman joined a group that planned to shut down the carpool

 parking lot using whatever means necessary. Upon their arrival, Norman saw his wife working there. He then recruited his brother, Tunker (Dylan Baker), to get her out of the lot before the trouble began. Miriam agreed to leave so she gathered Odessa and her daughter, Mary Catherine (Lexi Randall), and headed to the car. She was then stopped by a white man standing in front of

her car saying, “You ain’t driving your nigga maid outta here.” He then began to smash the

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