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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:
Bergman's Luminous Presence, and Great Art Direction See more (44 total) »

Cast

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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 (1902 - 1970), born in London, was a former domestic turned missionary in China, best known for her work with children. She became a Chinese citizen in 1936. Four years later, despite being in ill health herself, she shepherded over 100 children over the mountains to safety at the height of the Sino-Japanese war. In 1958, the year this film was released, she founded a children's home in Taiwan, which she continued to run until her death. Known in China as "Ai-weh-deh", or "Virtous One", she continues to be regarded as a national heroine.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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:
Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Bergman's Luminous Presence, and Great Art Direction, 24 November 2005
Author: oliver-177 from United States

I don't know if the real Ingrid Bergman was a saint, but she was better than any other actor or actress at conveying the saintly in us.

Bergman positively glows in this simple tale of a maid, who is rejected as a missionary and achieves greatness all the same. She is incredibly moving.

The art direction is also magnificent, and wholly convincing.

The rest of the cast is doing their best, but neither Curt Jurgens nor Robert Donat are very convincing as Chinese characters. Also disappointing is Sir Malcolm Arnold's score. It is certainly not overly Chinese. As a matter of fact, it could be used for any British war film.

I also just saw a very similar movie "The Devil at 4 O'Clock." Sixth Happiness is considerably better, thanks to Bergman, and the decision not to have a subplot for the teenagers. Next to Happiness, Devil seems calculating and a bit cynical too.

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