The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg.
The feature film is based on a short screenplay of the same name, written by John Cork. While a student at USC, Cork submitted his script for consideration by the Cinema Department, hoping to also direct. While his script was selected for production, USC assigned another person, Beverlyn E. Fray to direct it. Despite winning several awards, including first place at the Black American Cinema Society, Cork was unhappy with the finished project and unsuccesfully tried to block exhibition of the short film.
The film is set in Montgomery, Alabama, United States, during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and features Whoopi Goldberg as Odessa Cotter, an African-American maid, employed by a well-to-do white woman, Miriam Thompson, played by Spacek. The story is told through the eyes of Miriam's young daughter Mary Catherine, for whom Odessa is a nanny. Odessa and her family are faced with all of the social problems typical of African Americans at the time: poverty, racism, violence, and discrimination based solely on the color of their skin. When a boycott of the city buses prevents Odessa from riding the bus to