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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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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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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

MGM was initially keen on the idea of filming on location in China. As indeed was the repressive Chinese Nationalist government at the time, although Pearl Buck's novel was not well liked by the authorities. Chiang Kai-shek himself pushed for the production, as did his wife, but they insisted on full censorial control which MGM simply would not grant, opting instead to make the film they wanted to make in California. See more »

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When Wang Lung and his family are waiting for the train, the locomotive that passes behind them has a number clearly visible on the front of the boiler. When the same train is seen approaching the crowds, the locomotive does not have a number and is not the same design. See more »

Quotes

Liu - Grain Merchant: Mr. Wang, two clever sons like these are the better half of your wealth.
Wang Lung: They're stupid, worthless creatures. If anything was driven into their thick, brass skulls it was by beating them. I told their teacher to beat them. He beat them so well that this one's going to the university.
Liu - Grain Merchant: Indeed.
Elder Son: If I'm not too unworthy, I hope to win a degree in agriculture.
Liu - Grain Merchant: Degree ? Agriculture ?
Wang Lung: That's some kind of paper that will make it rain just enough, but not too much.
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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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Good Stuff, Perhaps A Re-Make Some Day?
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bit long (2 hours, 20 minutes) but it had a a lot of the famous Pearl Buck novel in it. In other words, a lot of ground to cover.

It was soap-operish at times but had some visually dramatic moments, too, capped off by a locust attack at the end of the film. That was astounding to view. Considering this film is about 70 years old, the special-effects crew on this film did a spectacular job.

Paul Muni and Luise Rainer were award-winning actors in their day and they don't disappoint here, both giving powerful performances. The only problem is credibility as all the Asians are played by Caucasions and some of them, like Walter Connolly, just don't look real. I'd like to see a re-make of this movie with all-Asian actors, not for PC reasons but to simply make the story look and sound more credible.


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