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The Good Earth (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 6 August 1937 (USA)
The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But ... See full summary »

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The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But then a famine forces them to leave their land and live in the town. However it turns out to be a blessing in disguise for them... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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farmer | famine | slave | money | city | See All (253) »

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China . . . . Land of unrest . . . tomorrow they may Starve !

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La buena tierra  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because the Sino-Japanese war was in progress, the Chinese government threatened not to approve the movie if any Japanese actors were cast in any role. See more »

Goofs

During the drought some black vultures are seen on a roof. These are American birds which do not live in China. See more »

Quotes

Wang Lung: [must sell his land to feed his family but the buyers take advantage of him] Thieves ! Thieves ! And well you know I must sell.
O-Lan: No ! Not the land. We'll not sell the land. We'll keep it. We'll go south and when we return, we'll still have the land.
Uncle: But I've arranged it. I brought these men here. You MUST sell !
O-Lan: Is it your land ? Did you buy it bit by bit ? The land is our life... and it's better to go south... or die walking... than to give it to you for nothing.
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Crazy Credits

The type-style used appears to be lettering hammered into brass. Even the style of the letters seems to be from china or Asia. Note the style on "N" and "O". See more »

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A Blockbuster That Retains Its Magic
5 April 2003 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Sure, 65 years have passed since Thalberg's last production was filmed. But fellow IMDB members, come on, this movie is surely one of the masterpieces of the 30's! It is a 10.

This was the first movie I saw at New York's Museum of Modern Art, around 1970 (I was a teenager). Expensive looking yet with scenes of such poverty, masterfully photographed, often thrilling, and always engaging, to me it was MGM movie-making at its best. What did audiences feel when they glimpsed a locust attack, the person by person destruction of a mansion, the horrific poverty and then the splendor of wealth.

Last week, those watching the Academy Awards had a glimpse of the "senior" Oscar winner in attendance, Luise Rainer. How grand to see an actress who arguably delivered one of the most masterful, haunting performances in history electing to return for a celebration.

Ok, so she should not have won the year before (Great Ziegfeld), but don't blame Luise. Talkies were only a decade old when this was released, and her dialogue limited. But as Olan, her use of visual and vocal is memorable.

Large scale and touching, what more could a movie lover want!


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