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29 January 1979 (USA) See more »
The heartwarming classic of a teacher's dedication - and triumph!
A strong-willed teacher, determined to educate the poor and illiterate youth of an impoverished Welsh village, discovers one student whom she believes to have the seeds of genius in him. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ivan Davis 
Emlyn Williams  play

Produced by
Neil Hartley .... producer
Eric Rattray .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
John Wright 
Production Design by
Carmen Dillon 
Art Direction by
Terry Pritchard 
Set Decoration by
Michael Lierton 
Costume Design by
David Walker 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Langley .... assistant director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director
Hugh O'Donnell .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Malcolm Davies .... sound recordist: additional unit
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Other crew
Robert Jon Carlson .... assistant to director

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93 min
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Adapted from a play by Emlyn Williams. The original Broadway stage production, starring legendary actress Ethel Barrymore, opened at the National Theatre in New York on Nov. 26, 1940 and ran for 477 performances.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Corn is Green, 10 February 2012
Author: Tim Kidner ( from Salisbury, United Kingdom

As an Englishman who lived and worked in Wales for a decade, I was attracted to this period TV movie, showing on cable TV 33 years after it was made. I haven't seen, or heard of the Bette Davis original, from 1947 and now wish I could see it at some point.

Undoubtedly, it is Katherine Hepburn's spirited and strong-willed performance that makes it so watchable and entertaining. Along with the genuine Welsh locations, nicely filmed and assuredly directed by veteran George Cukor (he was 80). The production values are far above of the typical TV movie of its period, with good colour and brightness.

Hepburn herself was 72 and can hardly conceal her impending Parkinsons disease but despite that, we are reminded of her classic performance in The African Queen as a noble stoic and stubborn woman in the face of ignorance and pettiness. As a head teacher, here she's up against the local gentry and squire as well as the villager's in-bred feelings that the local colliery is the only future for its youngsters.

She takes great pride in nurturing one young man and as such pushes him far beyond what both he and the village ever thought he could attain - but one that his teacher knew he would achieve.

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