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George Wallace (1997)

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Running Time
2 hours, 58 minutes

Country USA

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• George Wallace



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Genre: Drama, Political, Biography, Society, Religion, Suspense

Plot: John Frankenheimer's made-for-television biopic stars Gary Sinise as controversial politician George Wallace. The film picks up Wallace's life in the mid-1950s when, as a circuit court judge and protégé of Governor 'Big Jim' Folsom's, he hopes to succeed his mentor in the office. But when he runs for governor in 1959, his denunciation of the Ku Kux Klan is instrumental in his defeat. It spurs a decision to become a staunch advocate of segregation, a position that finally wins him the 1963 Alabama gubernatorial race. His opposition to an integrated South continues in the celebrated "stand in the schoolhouse door" on June 11, 1963, as he tries to block the first two black students attempting to integrate the University of Alabama. Martin Luther King's Selma to Montgomery march, an effort to end voting-rights discrimination, leads Wallace to call out state troopers who use tear gas, billy clubs, and fire hoses on the marchers. After failing to get an amendment to the state constitution allowing him to seek a second term, Wallace supports his wife, Lurleen (Mare Winningham), to take his place. This surprisingly complex profile of a man justifiably vilified for his opposition to civil rights is driven home by Sinise's portrayal of the vulnerability beneath the more familiar public

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 Directed by
John Frankenheimer
Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate, Reindeer Games
 Written by
Paul Monash
Salem's Lot, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Friends of Eddie Coyle
 Cast
Gary Sinise
Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Ransom
Clarence Williams III
The General's Daughter, Reindeer Games, Half Baked
Angelina Jolie
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Terry Kinney
Sleepers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Firm
Mark Rolston
The Shawshank Redemption, Aliens, Rush Hour
Mark Valley
The Siege, The Next Best Thing, Vanishing Son IV
Timothy Dowling
George Lucas in Love, The Beautician and the Beast, Four Fingers of the Dragon
[more]
 Music By
Gary Chang
Under Siege, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Double Team



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