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Conrack (1974)

PG | | Drama | 28 August 1974 (Sweden)
White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

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Mad Billy
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Mrs. Scott (school principal)
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Mary
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Quickfellow
Ruth Attaway ...
Edna
James O'Rear ...
Postman (as James O'Reare)
Gracia Lee ...
Mrs. Sellers
C.P. MacDonald ...
Mr. Ryder
Jane Moreland ...
Mrs. Webster
Thomas Horton ...
Judge
Nancy Butler ...
Mrs. Ryder
Robert W. Page ...
Mr. Spaulding
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Mr. Skeffington (School Superintendent)
Mac Arthur Nelson ...
Mac
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie Island, an island in a South Carolina river delta, the island accessible only by boat. The island is inhabited exclusively by blacks. He quickly learns that his students, who have never left the island, lack not only a basic understanding of academic items such as the alphabet and simple arithmetic, but also of other basic necessities of life such as personal hygiene. They can't even pronounce his name, they who call him Conrack. The teachers before him, including the school principal Mrs. Scott, have always treated the students as being slow and basically unteachable of academics. Conrack, a free thinking man, decides to expose his students not only to the academic subjects, but also to the gamut of life skills from brushing one's teeth to human anatomy, and some of the fun things in life like ... Written by Huggo

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In a 2007 interview on the Dennis Miller Radio Show, Jon Voight recalled a reunion that was held 20 years after the release of the movie, with all of the available actors. Of the 21 actors who portrayed students, at the time of the reunion, 3 were teachers. See more »

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Mad Billy: There ain't a family on this island that hasn't pulled somebody - somebody - from that river. They fall in that river, they go down, like a stone. Well, I can't swim neither. Ain't nobody 'round here can.
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On the Good Ship Lollipop
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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A Great Movie Forgotten?
12 June 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

all i can say is that each time i see CONRACK, dir. Martin Ritt, DP. John Alonzo, i feel an utmost sense of inspiration and enlightment in what the power of cinema is possible in such a simple film.

the motion picture Conrack is set in 1969. It is based on a true story. It is a story about a white man (Jon Voight) who teaches a group of young black children how incredible the world is outside of their little South Carolina island.

The story places the job of a teacher as noble cause in changing children's lives.

I highly recommend it.


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