George Wallace (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 21, 2008
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Gary Sinise & Mare Winningham|
|Performer:||Clarence Williams III, Joe Don Baker, Angelina Jolie, Terry Kinney, William Sanderson, Mark Rolston, Tracy Fraim, Skip Suddeth, Ron Perkins, Mark Valley, Scott Brantley, Kathryn Erbe & Francis Guinan|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Edited by||Antony Gibbs|
|Screenwriting by||Paul Monash & Marshall Frady|
|Composition by||Gary Chang|
|Story by||Paul Monash & Marshall Frady|
|Cameo:||Ron Jeremy, Donald Blakely, Cliff De Young & Beau Billingslea|
|Produced by||John Frankenheimer & Julian Krainin|
|Director of Photography:||Alan Caso|
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 face.
John Frankenheimer directed this compelling dramatization of the political dealings of the Alabama politician whose rise to prominence included the espousal of racial segregation--and the crippling bullet of a would-be assassin. The movie was penned by Wallace biographers Marshall Frady and Paul Monash. Nominated for nine cable ACE Awards (including bids for Gary Sinise, Frankenheimer, and the writers) and the winner of the Best Miniseries accolades.
- Shooting locations: Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA.
- Director John Frankenheimer and actors Gary Sinise and Mare Winningham won Emmy awards for their work.
- Although Frankenheimer wanted to shoot on location in Alabama, the governor of that state would not permit it.
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