Movie of the Day: "The Long Walk Home" (1990)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington this Wednesday, I'll be posting 5 films about the Civil Rights Movement this week to mark the occasion, starting with today's entry, The Long Walk Home. This film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek was set during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and chronicles the change of heart from an upper class white woman towards her black maid as she offers her rides home during the boycott. The movie is notable for its acting and one of the things I liked about it was the subtle way it incorporates how women were treated by their husbands in the 1950's as an avenue for Spacek's character to find a way to relate to the civil rights struggle. Whoopi Goldberg is great as the maid and the relationship between the women is moving in in its effectiveness.