Walking Across Egypt

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Walking Across Egypt
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DVD cover
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidenman
Produced by Lance Tendler
Stan Tendler
Screenplay by Paul Tamasy
Based on Walking Across Egypt
by Clyde Edgerton
Starring Ellen Burstyn
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Mark Hamill
Edward Herrmann
Dana Ivey
Harve Presnell
Gwen Verdon
with Gail O'Grady
and Judge Reinhold
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Amelia Vincent
Edited by Bert Glatstein
Jonathan P. Shaw
Mitchum Entertainment
Distributed by Keystone Entertainment
Release date
  • December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4.5 million

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.


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 was filmed in the Florida cities of: Ocoee (including the Ocoee Christian Church), Clermont, Windermere, Orlando, and St. Cloud.[citation needed]


77% of the audience liked the film on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


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