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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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Jessie Ralph ...
Cuckoo
Soo Yong ...
Aunt
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Little Fool
Ching Wah Lee ...
Ching
Harold Huber ...
Cousin
Olaf Hytten ...
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William Law ...
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Mary Wong ...
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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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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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The first time that Irving Thalberg's name appeared onscreen. The movie - the last one he produced - was dedicated to him "as his last great achievement." See more »

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When Wang Lung looks up and notices the second wind during the locus scene you can see a man walking in the background from left to right wearing normal clothes and a white hat and smoking what looks like a cigar. See more »

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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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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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Wonderful movie, with stellar performances

Let's eliminate any discussion about the use of non-Asian actors playing Asian roles. The movie is 67 years old. In 1937 studio chiefs believed that any actor could/should be able to play any role. Actors were under contracts, and did not always have a choice about what role they played. End of story.

This is a truly great epic story of love, individual rights, class strata, and men/women issues. The centerpiece of the film is two brilliant performances by Luise Rainer and Paul Muni.

Muni plays Wang, a Chinese farmer, who is about to take a wife (Rainer). From the start, he treats her with respect, during a time when women were looked on as little more than hired help. Without giving too much of the movie away, they go through the highs and lows of all relationships, and even though the story may take place in late 19th/early 20th century,the story and much of their feelings, seems credible.

Other than the fact that the movie is about 5-10 minutes longer than it needs to be, and the performances of Charley Grapewin and Walter Connolly are typical 1930's cartoon characters, this is a really wonderful movie that, unfortunately, has become a victim of political correctness.

9 out of 10


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