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SHORT TAKES : Goldberg, Spacek to Star in ‘Walk’

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports</i>

Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek will star in “The Long Walk Home,” a movie about the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott that will be filmed entirely in Alabama’s capital.

Mark Stricklin, director of the Alabama Film Office, said today New Visions Pictures officials notified him Thursday that the movie will begin filming in Montgomery on May 22.

The bus boycott, which began when black seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man, helped launch the civil rights movement that brought down racial barriers across the South. No actual historic figures will be portrayed in the film, Stricklin said.

The film company wants to hire as many local actors and production people as possible, Stricklin said. Up to 1,000 people will be needed as extras, and a dozen feature roles may be cast locally.

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Stricklin said the film, written by native Montgomerian John Cork, is not about the boycott but about a relationship between two women and how it changes during the civil rights era.


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