Taglines: Doing the right thing can be as hard as… Walking Across Egypt.
The film follows the life of Mattie Rigsbee (Ellen Burstyn), an elderly woman who believes in strong religious convictions. The film explores the lonely qualities of life for senior citizens after their children leave as adults. Judge Reinhold and Gail O’Grady play Mattie’s children who live in a deep southern town.
Mattie soon finds a likable friend in the local dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield (Mark Hamill). It is through this relationship in which she meets the dogcatcher’s nephew, a troubled, foul-mouthed, orphaned juvenile delinquent, Wesley (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), currently serving time in juvenile detention for a recent car theft. Mattie finds that this young man is just missing direction and believes that with a little insight on Christianity he can straighten up and fly right.
Walking Across Egypt is a 1999 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by veteran director Arthur Allan Seidelman and written by Paul Tamasy, based on Clyde Edgerton’s novel of the same name. Walking Across Egypt represents one of the more significant independent films produced in the Florida film industry in recent times.
Walking Across Egypt (1999)
Directed by: Arthur Allan Seidenman
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Mark Hamill, Edward Herrmann, Dana Ivey, Harve Presnell, Gwen Verdon, Gail O’Grady, Judge Reinhold
Screenplay by: Paul Tamasy
Production Design by: Sherman Williams
Cinematography by: Amelia Vincent
Film Editing by: Bert Glatstein, Jonathan P. Shaw
Costume Design by: Beverly Safier
Set Decoration by: Sally Nicholaou Hamilton
Music by: Marco Beltrami
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and language.
Distributed by: Keystone Entertainment
Release Date: December 17, 1999