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The Marva Collins Story (1981)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 1 December 1981
This movie can inspire you to overcome whatever obstacles you have, when you see how Marva Collins overcame the obstacles, financial and otherwise, in opening her own School in her home. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Marva Collins
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Clarence Collins
Rodrick F. Wimberly ...
Martin Luther Jones (as Roderick Wimberly)
Mashaune Hardy ...
Cindy Collins
Brett Bouldin ...
Patrick Collins
Samuel Muhammad Jr. ...
Eric Collins
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Cynthia Rawls
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McCloud
Frankie Hill ...
Ida Banbower
Charlie Brown ...
Boland
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Lela Boland
Ce Ce Thompson ...
Louise Jones
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Chester Boland
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Mardesich
Kelly Crosby ...
Tina Boland
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This movie can inspire you to overcome whatever obstacles you have, when you see how Marva Collins overcame the obstacles, financial and otherwise, in opening her own School in her home. When she was teaching in Public School, someone vandalized her Classroom. She tells the students whoever did it had a key, since she found the Classroom Door locked. That is why I disagree with the person who said the Classroom was disturbed by Students. The Students would not normally have a key to her Classroom. Written by robert delrosso (rdelrosso2001)

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Biography | Drama

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1 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Marva Collins Story (#31.1)  »

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Goofs

Shortly after 1:05 minutes, she cites "Muy bien" as being French for "Very good", when, in fact, it is Spanish. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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I Want the Movie and Love It
15 September 2004 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I love the movie so much. Mrs. Tyeson play a great role.My favorite part when the girl told Marva I hate you then Marva said I love you. Also how she overcome the teachers and Principal who dislike her and the methods.Marva is my hero.She took the few students she have and made them stars. All teachers, school board members,and people who work with children need to watch this movie. The school system will be whole lot better if they use Marva Collins methods.This movie inspired me to use her teaching method to work with all children especially who has been written off in school system.The college of education needs to teach Marva Collins methods to new teachers.


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