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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 9 April 1942 (Australia)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

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Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for his youngest son, but Huw has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd, who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Family

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Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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$6,000,000, 31 January 1943
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Sara Allgood clashed repeatedly with John Ford during the making of the film, something the director found rather unsettling as he wasn't used to having his authority questioned. Nevertheless her performance was recognized by the Academy with a Best Supporting Actress nomination. See more »

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The part of Dai Bando, boxer played by Rhys Williams is shown with his full sight. Yet when he accompanies HUE into the mine to find HUE's father, Dia Bando is blind. There is no explanation in the film for the cause of Dia Bando's blindness. See more »

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Beth Morgan: [to Huw] Fight again, and when you come home, not a look shall you have from me... not a word!
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The Sixpence
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Yes, You Can Almost Feel The Grime
27 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a little long at times, but this is still a powerful story about the many stories that came out of the coal mining families in Wales, Great Britain. One of the top aspects of the movie is the cinematography, under the direction of John Ford. It is very effective. You can just feel the grime and dirt of the mines and cobblestone town. It looks really good now that's it out on DVD.

Walter Pigeon is the likable minister, and lead character, "Mr. Gruffydd." He's likable because he doesn't judge people as the head deacon does. The latter is portrayed ludicrously by Barry Fitzgerald, much to the delight of secular-minded film critics, who loved his performance. Nonetheless, there is a lot of "religion" pictured positively in this film, a lot of spiritual scenes and most were done well.

Roddy McDowell plays the most memorable character, I thought: "Huw," a young boy who went through some really tough times, as did most of the townsfolk.

If you are used to modern films, be warned this film does drag in spots. It is a fine movie, to be sure, and a powerful and emotional story.


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