Whoopi Goldberg’s Greatest Movie and Tv Performances, rated
5. The long way home (Odessa Carter)
Before The Help, there was this historical drama with Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek as maids and their employers, respectively. Whoopi Goldberg’s character Odessa, which took place during the 1950s Montgomery Bus Boycotts, has to go to work because of the strike, and Sissy Spacek’s character Miriam drives Odessa on certain days despite the racial tensions to and from work in the rest of the state.
Of course, this affects both of them at home, and this is where Whoopi Goldberg really shines as a proud but frustrated mother and employee trying to keep it all together. Sure, the film has a white corner, but this film was in 1990. What else do you expect? At least Whoopi Goldberg is still a gem in performance.