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God's Little Acre (1958)

In the 1950s, a poor Georgia cotton farmer and his sons search for the gold presumably buried on the farm by their grandfather but problems related to poverty, marital infidelity, unemployment and booze threaten to destroy their family.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Erskine Caldwell (based on the world's best selling novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Ty Ty Walden
Aldo Ray ... Will Thompson
Buddy Hackett ... Pluto Swint, Sheriff Candidate
Jack Lord ... Buck Walden
Fay Spain ... Darlin' Jill
Vic Morrow ... Shaw Walden
Helen Westcott ... Rosamund
Lance Fuller ... Jim Leslie
Rex Ingram ... Uncle Felix
Michael Landon ... Dave Dawson
Russell Collins ... Watchman
Davis Roberts ... Farm Hand with Hoe
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Irate Woman
Tina Louise ... Griselda Walden, Ty Ty's Daughter-in-Law
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Storyline

A poor farmer is obsessed with finding gold on his land supposedly buried by his grandfather. To find it he conveniently moves a marker out of his way that designates the land on which it rests as as God's Little Acre, where anything that comes from the ground will go to God's work. Eventually he abducts an albino to help him find the gold. Meanwhile, his daughter-in-law is suspected of fooling around with a labor activist out of work since the mill closed, and a local political hopeful actively seeks his daughter's hand in marriage. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In this Georgia family kinship mean anything goes! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Erskine Caldwell's God's Little Acre See more »

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Security Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Tina Louise. See more »

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When Pluto and Darlin' Jill are parked in his truck by a field, a tree can be seen through Pluto's window. An external shot of the truck shows fencing wire in front of the tree not visible previously. See more »

Quotes

Ty Ty Walden: Lord, give me the strength to spread out my arms to the ends of my fields. Let me fill up the holes, make the land smooth. You spared my sons, and I'll never dig another hole again. Except to... to plant seeds for things to grow.
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introducing Tina Louise See more »


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God's Little Acre
(uncredited)
Written by Elmer Bernstein and Erskine Caldwell
Performed by Bill Lee (uncredited)
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Comes across as high quality stage drama fare
18 March 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

An all star cast delivers a potent drama based on a book, but with the definite look of a stage drama, about a poor Southern family. The main focus of the father, Robert Ryan (who excelled at roles as diverse as John the Baptist, World War Two Generals, and Western outlaws mostly) is to find a treasure he knows is buried on his property. But despite his obsession, he never loses sight of the important things in life, and he is quite aware of the subplots and the turmoil going on with a love triangle involving his oldest son. Ryan gives an outstanding performance. Of course he is helped along with excellent writing, so you have the best of both worlds. The rest of the cast is also splendid. Too many big names to mention here, but you'll be amazed at the star power. Lots of raw emotion stifle any prejudice you might have about Southerners or the treatment of Southerners. This is not an action movie. It is a thinking piece. And it is heartfelt drama.


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