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Director:
Writers:
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
Alan Burgess (novel)
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Release Date:
19 December 1958 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love had suddenly come to her under the China sky...love for this Eurasian soldier who now pressed his earthy, Oriental skin against her own...
Plot:
All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A movie of heart... See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Gladys Aylward

Curd Jürgens ... Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)

Robert Donat ... The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
Michael David ... Hok-A
Athene Seyler ... Jeannie Lawson
Ronald Squire ... Sir Francis Jamison
Moultrie Kelsall ... Dr. Robinson
Richard Wattis ... Mr. Murfin
Peter Chong ... Yang

Tsai Chin ... Sui-Lan
Edith Sharpe ... Secretary at China Inland Mission
Joan Young ... Sir Francis' cook
Lian-Shin Yang ... Woman with Baby
Noel Hood ... Miss Thompson (as Noël Hood)

Burt Kwouk ... Li
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Blaine ... Madman (uncredited)
Alexis Bobrinskoy ... Russian Fireman (uncredited)

Edwina Carroll ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Christopher Chen ... Tax Collector (uncredited)
Lin Chen ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
David Goh ... Japanese Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Goh ... Timothy (uncredited)
Ronald Kyaing ... Young Lin (uncredited)
Judith Lai ... Sixpence (uncredited)
Ronald Lee ... Chief Muleteer (uncredited)
Louise Lin ... Mai Da (uncredited)

Richard Marner ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
André Mikhelson ... Russian Commissar (uncredited)
Stanislaw Mikula ... Russian Conductor (uncredited)
Aung Min ... Buddhist Priest (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Michael Wee ... Mandarin's Aide (uncredited)
Vincent Wong ... Chinese Captain (uncredited)
Ye-Min ... Bai-Bao (uncredited)
Zed Zakari ... Chief Prison Guard Reporting Riot (uncredited)
Stanley Zevic ... Russian Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)

Alan Burgess (novel "The Small Woman")

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A. Young)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Nora Roberts 
 
Art Direction by
John Box 
Geoffrey Drake 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Makeup Department
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cecil F. Ford .... production manager
James E. Newcom .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Middlemas .... assistant director
Peter Yates .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Grimes. Colin .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... dressing props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... sound mixer
Gerry Turner .... sound mixer
Michael Hickey .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Walker .... camera operator (as Bob Walker)
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joe Powell .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jung-En Liu .... technical advisor
Angela Martelli .... continuity
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
158 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #19037) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The real Gladys Aylward was reportedly very embarrassed at the romantic part of the film. She did fall in love with a Chinese soldier but they never married and it was very brief.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The captain is talking with Gladys and says that someone will listen to anything for an extra bowl of rice. The story takes place in northern China and rice is only eaten in southern China. Noodles made from wheat was the mainstay of the Chinese diet in the north. Later in the film it appears Gladys takes a serving of rice from a large pot, and lastly on the journey with the children they come across some uncooked rice which Gladys picks it up.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Gladys Aylward: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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Savage Harvest 2: October Blood (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (THIS OLD MAN)See more »

FAQ

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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A movie of heart..., 29 June 2000

In spite of the rejection of her application for missionary work because of her lack of formal education, Gladys Aylward—a strong London domestic in the service of a retired explorer—decides to join an English missionary who has set up a hostelry in the mountains of North China... Here, Sara Lanson (Athene Seyler) takes in muleteers, provides them with food and lodging, and tries by ingenious means to convert them to Christianity...

Gladys saves enough money to travel to China via the Trans-Siberian Railway... Eventually she reaches the inn and Miss Lanson, and becomes her aide...

Gradually, Gladys wins over the people of the area, with her good works and humble, friendly approach... Soon she is known as "Jan-Ai" (The One Who Loves People).

After Miss Lanson's death, Gladys goes to work as a foot inspector (to enforce a government edict against binding of females' foot) at the request of a tired and cynical mandarin (Robert Donat), who is irritated by her meddling and sends her on foot-inspection trips to get rid of her... But upon her return from an arduous journey, he finds himself respectful of her dedication and courage and becomes her friend...

Captain Lin Nan (Curt Jurgens), a Chinese Army officer, comes into the district to enforce discipline in the face of the Japanese 1931 invasion... Gladys meanwhile has succeeded in restoring order in a prison uprising with her healing presence, and when Lin Nan finds it necessary to warn the people of the countryside against the Japanese, Gladys, through bandits she has befriended and are now devoted to her, manages to aid him in his efforts...

Lin and Gladys gradually fall in love, and before he leaves to rejoin the Chinese forces, he gives her a jade ring as a token of his feeling, and promises that they will someday be permanently together...

The Japanese attack, and it becomes necessary to march 100 motherless children to a mission safe in the interior... Before Gladys volunteers for, and leaves on, the mission with the children, the Mandarin offers her a parting gift: his conversion to Christianity.

There is no doubt about the splendor of Ingrid Bergman dramatizing Gladys Aylward, the "woman who wasn't qualified to come to China." With a luminous smile, she fills the screen with radiance, bringing missionary work purity of spirit, challenge, simplicity, frankness, honesty, energy, force and love...

The film, based on the novel "The Small Woman" by Alan Burgess, is a fine adventure story with love, war, religion, comedy, music, and spectacle...

Hollywood took some liberties in romancing the character with a Chinese officer—which was not true—Gladys Aylward (1904-70) was a great 'little woman' who lived a virtuous life full of quality, respect and admiration... She faced the impossible with hope, seeing the world through God's telescope...

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