The Long Walk Home Celebrates 25 Years

Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek headlined The Long Walk Home, a story about two women from different backgrounds living through the civil rights movement.

Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek headlined The Long Walk Home, a story about two women from different backgrounds living through the civil rights movement.

You’ll find that many of the locations are familiar.

“Garrett Colliseum building to the old Hancock furniture building down on Norman Bridge Rd. to a lot of locations in downtown Montgomery and also some of the homes and neighborhoods in the cloverdale district,” said Tommy Fell.

Fell was just starting his film career in 1989 when film crews came to Alabama. He worked on set design, and now serves as locations coordinator for the Alabama Film Office.

He has a lot of fond memories from his time on set.

“First and foremost is the crew, the case and the crew actually. A lot of crew members in Alabama worked on that, myself being from mobile and a few others from mobile came. With the cast, you couldn’t ask for a better cast. Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek,they were great to work with,” said Fell.

After the Long Walk Home was released, Fell says about one major motion picture a year came to film in Alabama. Whether it was Under Siege in Mobile or the Grass Harp in Wetumpka, the film industry really started to pay attention to Alabama.

“Long walk home was really one of the films that was the genisis of the current film industry in Alabama. It was before we had film incentives where we could use incentives to recruit industry in Alabama. The good thing about long walk was they came here for the actual locations,” said Fell.

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