|GEORGE WALLACE (TV MOVIE) (director: John Frankenheimer; teleplay: Paul Monash/Marshall Frady/book by Marshall Frady; cinematographer: Alan Caso; editor: Tony Giggs; music: Gary Chang; cast: Gary Sinise (George Wallace), Angelina Jolie (Cornelia Wallace), Mare Winningham (Lurleen Wallace), Clarence Williams III (Archie), Joe Don Baker (Big Jim Folsom), Terry Kinney (Billy Watson), William Sanderson (T.Y. Odum), Mark Rolston (Ricky Brickle ), Tracy Fraim (Gerald Wallace), Skip Sudduth (Al Lingo), Ron Perkins (Nicholas Katzenbach), Mark Valley (Bobby Kennedy); Runtime: 180; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: John Frankenheimer/Julian Krainin; Warner Home Video (TNT); 1997)|
biopic on the controversial segregationist
governor of Alabama."
by Dennis Schwartz
Frankenheimer has good production values. Sinise gives a superb performance as Wallace. Clarence Williams III, as the black trustee house servant of Wallace, gives a chilling performance as the resentful lackey who thinks of killing his master. While supporting characters Mare Winningham, Joe Don Baker, Angelina Jolie, all give good performances.
While in a wheelchair, Wallace begins to rethink his segregationist views and becomes more human.
We never learn much about Wallace's childhood and his personal thoughts, as instead we see how he handles political events that arise and seems to be a political opportunist more than anything else.
REVIEWED ON 5/29/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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