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Complete credited cast:
Anna Vorontosov
Paul Lathrope
William W.J. Abercrombie
Headmaster Reardon
Norah Howard ...
Mrs. Cutter
Juano Hernandez ...
Chief Rauhuia


American Anna Vorontosov teaches in a rural school on New Zealand's North Island. Her class of younger students is comprised largely of Maoris. She feels that western methods are not the most appropriate in teaching her students, for who concepts such as "see Jane run" have no cultural context. She wants her students to "feel", from love to pain to joy, and as such her classes are outwardly disorganized and chaotic. Her livelihood is potentially threatened with the arrival of a new senior inspector of primary schools, a Brit name William Abercrombie. To make her classes seem more organized to Abercrombie, Anna enlists the help of one of the older students, fifteen year old Maori, Whareparita. Anna's students, including Whareparita, see her as their guardian angel. Anna's burgeoning friendship with Whareparita may show her that although she has her students' best interests at heart, she may also not fully understand the culture within which she now lives. Teaching is her life, which ... Written by Huggo

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So busy with her children...SHE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO GET MARRIED!




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Release Date:

9 November 1961 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Spinster  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shirley MacLaine chose to do this film instead of 'breakfast at tiffany's'. Something she was known to have regretted later. She did state though that the film wouldn't have been the same without Audrey Hepburn. See more »

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10 September 2003 | by (Whakatane, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

It is interesting to note that this movie, purportedly set in New Zealand, has no one speaking with a New Zealand accent. It is also interesting that the "natives" ( Maori) are all Mexican or Japanese. This film is condescending, inane drivel. What were the likes of Jack Hawkins, Laurence Harvey and Shirley McLain thinking?

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