The Scene: The premiere of New Visions Pictures' and Miramax Films' "The Long Walk Home" at Century City's Cineplex Odeon, followed by a party at the nearby Twenty/20 club. Approximately $15,000 was raised Tuesday for the United Negro College Fund.
Who Was There: The special guest was 77-year-old Rosa Parks, the "Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement," who, by refusing to give up her seat to a white man, triggered the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott that is the film's setting. Also there were the film's stars, Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek; director, Richard Pearce; producers, Howard Koch Jr. and Dave Bell, and Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, plus 700 guests, including Patrick Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi, Laura Dern, Lou Gossett Jr., Anthony Quinn, Suzanne de Passe, Magic Johnson and Marla Gibbs.
Triumphs: That Rosa Parks came out for the opening. "They invited me and I felt something about Montgomery would be worthwhile to see," said Parks. "It's a great movie. It opens up what we have endured and what went on."
Tribute: The guest of honor walked right by the cameras at one point and shyly avoided the limelight. "I mean, they couldn't get her off a bus," said one publicist. "She's going to do what she wants to do."