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So Big (1953)

After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Edna Ferber (novel), John Twist
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Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Selina DeJong
Sterling Hayden ... Pervis DeJong
Nancy Olson ... Dallas O'Mara
Steve Forrest ... Dirk DeJong
Elisabeth Fraser ... Julie Hempel
Martha Hyer ... Paula Hempel
Walter Coy ... Roelf Pool
Richard Beymer ... Roelf, Age 12-16
Tommy Rettig ... Dirk, Age 8
Roland Winters ... Klaas Pool
Jacques Aubuchon ... August Hempel
Ruth Swanson Ruth Swanson ... Maartje Pool
Dorothy Christy ... Widow Paarlenberg
Oliver Blake ... Adam Ooms
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Miss Fister (as Lily Kemble)
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Storyline

After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. He has a crush on her, but it is Pervus she marries. Dirk is their only child. After a few years Pervus dies. With a young child and only the farm, Selina begins her quest to grow high quality vegetables. She wants more for Dirk and guides his life until he graduates from college as an architect. As her vegetable label prospers, she sees Paula control Dirk's life as he moves away from creating and into sales, which is not where he wants to go. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Herz aus Gold See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tommy Rettig and Jon Provost both portrayed a young Dirk. They both were also cast as Lassie's boy master in the TV series. See more »

Goofs

There is no such thing as a red cabbage growing out of the ground. They are green or purple. The red color is only created when the cabbage is subjected to low pH (acid). See more »

Quotes

Dallas O'Mara: What I don't have, Dirk, I don't need.
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Values
21 January 2003 | by christian7See all my reviews

I enjoyed the movie, not just because of the cast, but because of the faithfulness to detail, r/t the actual book, "So Big" by Ferber. It shows the values of responsibility not just to our work, but to people, and to the beauty that is all around us, if we would just open our eyes and see it.


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