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Conrack (1974)

PG | | Drama | 7 June 1974 (UK)
White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Pat Conroy (from the book "The Water Is Wide"), Irving Ravetch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Pat Conroy
Paul Winfield ... Mad Billy
Madge Sinclair ... Mrs. Scott
Tina Andrews ... Mary
Antonio Fargas ... Quickfellow
Ruth Attaway Ruth Attaway ... Edna
James O'Rear James O'Rear ... Messenger (as James O'Reare)
Gracia Lee Gracia Lee ... Mrs. Sellers
C.P. MacDonald C.P. MacDonald ... Mr. Ryder
Jane Moreland Jane Moreland ... Mrs. Webster
Thomas Horton Thomas Horton ... Judge
Nancy Butler Nancy Butler ... Mrs. Ryder
Robert W. Page Robert W. Page ... Mr. Spaulding
Hume Cronyn ... Skeffington
Mac Arthur Nelson Mac Arthur Nelson ... Mac
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Storyline

White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie Island, an island in a South Carolina river delta, the island accessible only by boat. The island is inhabited exclusively by blacks. He quickly learns that his students, who have never left the island, lack not only a basic understanding of academic items such as the alphabet and simple arithmetic, but also of other basic necessities of life such as personal hygiene. They can't even pronounce his name, they who call him Conrack. The teachers before him, including the school principal Mrs. Scott, have always treated the students as being slow and basically unteachable of academics. Conrack, a free thinking man, decides to expose his students not only to the academic subjects, but also to the gamut of life skills from brushing one's teeth to human anatomy, and some of the fun things in life like ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Conrack breaks all the rules. And "Conrack" might just break your heart. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Conrack See more »

Filming Locations:

Brunswick, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Martin Ritt insisted having students of Pat Conroy's portray themselves. See more »

Quotes

Pat Conroy: [while they're listening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony] Okay, this is it! We're going up the hill, together... a foot may slip, but no one's gonna fall!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is based on a true story. It began in March of 1969. See more »

Connections

Features The Black Swan (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

5th Symphony
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (uncredited)
Performed by New York Philharmonic (as the New York Philharmonic)
with Leonard Bernstein as Conductor
(and used by courtesy of Columbia Records)
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Despite formula, quite moving
17 June 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

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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