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Conrack (1974)

 -  Drama  -  28 August 1974 (Sweden)
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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 ... 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
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 »

Quotes

Mr. Skeffington: Now look, boy. This is my bailiwick. This is my cotton patch, and you're my hired hand. You stay on the other side of that river, or by God you're gonna see a side of me you never seen before.
Pat Conroy: Boss... those kids are gonna spend Halloween the way the rest of the kids in America spend it. If you want to raise hell about it, then raise it.
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On the Good Ship Lollipop
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Instrumental in my joining the Teaching profession
30 November 2004 | by (Toronto Canada) – See all my reviews

In my last year of University, a friend said she was going to see a film showing on campus. Since that day, and, indeed, until my retirement from Teaching, I showed this film to ALL of my classes under the pretext that this film would give the viewer a closer contact with the Reality of Teaching AND creation of Curriculium. Notwithstanding the merit of the value of fighting for one's beliefs, as Pat Conway did, this man gave from his Heart to these children of Yamacraw Island. I believe that this is a vital portrait of Humanness to be shown people, whether 14 or 94.

"... may the River be good to you in the Crossing ..."


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