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Release Date:
28 August 1974 (Sweden) See more »
One beautiful man. His story is true.
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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
(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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Despite formula, quite moving See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Other crew
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Pat Conroy:As for my kids, I don't think I changed the quality of their lives significantly, or altered the fact that they have no share in the country that claimed them - the country that's failed them. All I know is I felt much beauty in my time with them.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bright Eyes (1934)See more »
On the Good Ship LollipopSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Despite formula, quite moving, 17 June 2001
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Pat Conroy's autobiographical book "The Water Is Wide" proves to be something of a Southern "Up The Down Staircase", yet despite the teacher-going-against-the-odds formula, "Conrack" really does move the audience with each little breakthrough and creative flash. These students (uneducated black kids on an island off South Carolina) are actually shown learning, and their collective wide-eyed innocence is remarkably sweet. The one actual actress in the bunch (Tina Andrews, an amazing performer) plays the "tough nut" Conrack has to crack, and once she falls under his charms, it all seems a breeze. But the story is not ready-made for a happy ending, and I wasn't prepared for the quiet simplicity of the finale. It's beautifully done. The script veers off course every now and then, but director Martin Ritt is very smart to always fall back on Jon Voight's solid presence. Scenes such as the one where he drives around in his van venting his frustrations over a loudspeaker don't add up to much, but the whole film is filled with episodes which spark emotion, and the actual ending is their payoff. **1/2 out of ****

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