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Release Date:
28 August 1974 (Sweden) See more »
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One beautiful man. His story is true.
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(3 articles)
Irving Ravetch obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 4 October 2010, 10:35 AM, PDT)

Screenwriter Irving Ravetch dies at 89
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 20 September 2010, 5:00 AM, PDT)

Actor Paul Winfield Dies at 62
 (From WENN. 9 March 2004)

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Trip Up The River See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Jon Voight ... Pat Conroy

Paul Winfield ... Mad Billy

Madge Sinclair ... Mrs. Scott (school principal)

Tina Andrews ... Mary

Antonio Fargas ... 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

Hume Cronyn ... Mr. Skeffington (school superintendent)
Mac Arthur Nelson ... Mac
William Hunter III ... William
Kathy Turner ... Kathy
LaCrisia Hardee ... LaCrisia
Frieda Williams ... Frieda
Johnny Bell ... Johnny
Margaret Perry ... Margaret
Cathy Wilson ... Cathy
Rosemary Miller ... Rosemary
Ronnie Leggett ... Ronnie
Veola Clemens ... Veola
Ronny Harris ... Ronny
Rickey Walker ... Rickey
Rebecca Cobbs ... Rebecca
Anthony Demery ... Anthony
Dennis Williams ... Dennis
Kevin Perry ... Kevin
Ellis Lamar Cash ... Top Cat
Deborah Jones ... Deborah
Carlos Chambliss ... Carlos
John Kennedy ... John

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
 
Writing credits
Pat Conroy (novel "The Water Is Wide")

Irving Ravetch  and
Harriet Frank Jr. 

Produced by
Harriet Frank Jr. .... producer
Richard Kobritz .... associate producer
Martin Ritt .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo 
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Walter Scott Herndon 
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
 
Production Management
Richard Kobritz .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Brand .... second assistant director
Irby Smith .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
 
Sound Department
David M. Ronne .... sound recording mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Hart .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margo Baxley .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Tommy Tedesco .... musician
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
 
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Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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106 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The Los Angeles Clippers' Elgin Baylor has said that this is his favorite movie.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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References Bright Eyes (1934)See more »
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On the Good Ship LollipopSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Trip Up The River, 15 October 2001
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Pat Conroy must be an interesting guy. It's easy to be progressive in, say, Milwaukee. (In fact, you had BETTER be.) But he evidently grew up in the South, military family, attended the Citadel, and then finally found his head different from most of the others in his community. Social friction in the South is nothing to mess with. No, sir. He's writing good novels and letters to the editor. I admire him tremendously. The movie reminds me of a lesson in an introductory philosophy class, about the fallacy of arguing by analogy. Time is like a river, you see, and you can travel back in time because you can paddle upstream in a river. Conrack gives us a little trip into the past, when things were even worse than they are now. The African-American kids he's teaching don't know what country they live in, or the name of the ocean lapping at the shores of their little island. (Perhaps now overgrown with expensive condos.) He paints himself as an inspiring teacher. He can't help it. He was callow, and anyway autobiographies don't have much choice -- they're either hagiographic or honest, and in the second case the author always comes out looking like a Schmuck. Anyhow, in the end he admits failure, though through no fault of his own. John Voight, known for his involvement in sociopolitical issues, is the perfect choice for Conroy's surrogate, and Martin Ritt perhaps the best possible director, given his having lived in the South and coped with it, though his hand slips from time to time and we get black kids answering Conrack's questions in plainsong. The musical score sucks, so when the kids are out on a Halloween spree we have music that belongs in Robin Hood. The photography is good. The film hit a nerve. I was subbing as a teacher in elementary school in the South at one point. My wife at the time was a professor at UNC, Wilmington, and told me matter of factly how she was having lunch with her colleagues and some guy's daughter met him in the cafeteria and told him so enthusiastically about the new substitute teacher they had that day, and it was only after several minutes of conversation that she realized the girl was talking about me. I can't remember many moments in my life when I felt more pleased. Nothing is as exalting as seeing somebody's face light up when they learn something new and extraordinary. I've seen it in kindergarten kids and in Marines at Camp Lejeune, people wincing with pleasure at the dawning of a new realization. As Mel Brooks might say, "It's good to be da teacher." Conrack gets that idea across most effectively.

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