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The Yearling (1946)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family  |  May 1947 (USA)
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A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

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Fodderwing
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After the American Civil War, a rebel soldier and his wife become pioneer farmers in Florida. Their son Jody is 11 years old; he gets along well with his warm and affectionate pa, but his ma is haunted by the death of her other children, so she's somber, even cold. The boy wants a pet: the dad is sympathetic, the mom obdurate. When a rattler bites pa, pa kills a doe to use its organs to draw out the poison. Jody begs to keep the doe's fawn as a pet. The parents agree, and the boy and the deer are soon inseparable. The fawn grows quickly, and as a yearling tramples tobacco shoots and eats the newly-sprouted corn. This is too much for ma, and Jody has to face harsh, adult realities. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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boy | deer | fawn | pet | death | See All (113) »

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THRILLS! DRAMA! HEART-THROBS! (reissue print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Family

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May 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wildnis ruft  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,200,000 (USA)
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Flag the fawn doesn't make his first appearance in the film until one hour has passed. See more »

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Position of Jody's hands change when he hides his laugh after Ma tells a story during the storm. See more »

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Penny Baxter: [on the ocasion of the buryal of Fodderwing] Oh Lord. Almighty God. It ain't for us ignorant mortals to say what's right and what's wrong. Was any one of us to be doin' of it, we'd not of bring this poor boy into the world a cripple, and his mind teched. We'd of bring him in straight and tall like his brothers, fitten to live and work and do. But in a way o' speakin', Lord, you done made it up to him. You give him a way with the wild creatures. You give him a sort of wisdom, made him knowin' and...
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Florida Suite
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A father & son classic
17 September 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Don't let the film's plot fool you, this is not just a story about a baby deer. This is a classic story of father and son and the relationship of love that they have. Peck and Jarman do a terrific job in portraying father and son. Many of the scenes are carried by their performances, especially close to the end. The scene where Peck is caught modeling one of his wife's dresses speaks to the entire film. The coming of age element with Jarman slowly becoming a man and Peck trying to teach his son what he needs to know to become that man is present. Some of the movie is comical and touching, but overall the message of the story is the love traded by father and son. You have to see this movie at least once. If you are a fan, you have no choice but to see it again.


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