All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ...
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All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to send herself to a poor, remote village. There she eventually lives a full and happy life: running the inn, acting as "foot inspector", advising the local Mandarin and even winning the heart of mixed race Captain Lin Nan. But Gladys discovers her real destiny when the country is invaded by Japan and the Chinese children need her to save their lives. Based on a true story. Written by
The Chinese gave Gladys the name Ai-weh-deh, Chinese for Virtuous One, not Jan-Ai as used in the movie. See more »
The character of Gladys Aylward is supposed to be British, but she speaks with a Swedish accent. Also while the real Aylward was short, Bergman is noticeably tall. The real Aylward also had a Cockney accent, and had started off life firmly in the working class, as a maid.
The film makers, since release, have been criticised for casting Ingrid Bergman, a tall woman with a Swedish accent, as Gladys Aylward, who was in fact short and had a cockney accent. See more »
My name is Gladys Aylward. I've written to the head of the missionary society. His reply stated that he'd see me if I ever came to London. If he's busy, I can wait.
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The opening title card reads: "This story is based upon the life of Gladys Aylward, a woman of our time, who was, and is dedicated to the simple, joyful and rare belief that we are all responsible for each other." See more »
I love this movie! From the first time I saw it, I dreamed of being a strong and positive influence in the lives I touched. Perhaps not so far away, but even in my own little town such influence is possible. What better role model than that of Gladys Aylward. What a powerful statement that everybody is important, that God loves us all. It is only small men (and women) that divide people up into worthy or unworthy categories. I highly recommend that this film should be in everybody's collection. If your are looking for role models here is a good place to start. Having Ingrid Bergman in the lead is an added bonus. I loved the whole movie. The scenery, the characters,the cast, the photography, the story. Everything about the film makes it well worth your time. Now if they would only make more movies with this much integrity in them today.
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