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The Good Earth (1937)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  6 August 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Tilly Losch ...
Lotus
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Jessie Ralph ...
Cuckoo
Soo Yong ...
Aunt
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Elder Son
Roland Lui ...
Younger Son
Suzanna Kim ...
Little Fool
Ching Wah Lee ...
Ching
Harold Huber ...
Cousin
Olaf Hytten ...
Liu - Grain Merchant
William Law ...
Gateman
Mary Wong ...
Little Bride
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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 more »

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

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gute Erde  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Irving Thalberg envisioned casting only Chinese actors for the movie, but gave up the idea because there were not enough suitable Chinese actors. See more »

Goofs

During one scene, Wang Lung beats his son for being with his second wife. As the son crawls away, it is obvious he was protected by wearing a thick pad on his back. See more »

Quotes

Wang Lung: If you could have a little food, you'd have strength to bring the child. I'll find it. Tomorrow I'll...
O-Lan: When have you had food ?
Wang Lung: There's a thing in me that hurts... and not hunger. But a man has no words.
O-Lan: No words... but I know.
Wang Lung: O-Lan, the earth has forgotten us.
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Introduction played with opening credits: The soul of great nation is expressed in the life of its humblest people. In this simple story of a Chinese farmer may be found something of a the soul of china - its humility, its courage, its deep heritage from the past and its vast promise for the future. See more »

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One of the greatest epic movies of all time.
6 December 1998 | by (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.) – See all my reviews

"The Good Earth" is a great movie that you don't hear much about anymore. There are a lot of big disasters and events, but it is also a non-passionate love story. All of this happens in a little over two hours, which is short by today's standards. The special effects and costumes are very good for the time period.

I am surprised that Luise Rainer received an Oscar for such a limiting role. She basically only has three emotions: submissive, hungry, and heart-broken.

The performances by the Asian and Asian-American actors are terrific.


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