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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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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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One beautiful movie. 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 »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The Los Angeles Clippers' Elgin Baylor has said that this is his favorite movie. See more »

Quotes

Pat Conroy: As for my kids, I don't think I changed the quality of their lives significantly, or altered the fact that they have no share in the country that claimed them - the country that's failed them. All I know is I felt much beauty in my time with them.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Cat in the Hat (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Flight Of The Bumblebee
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (uncredited)
Played by Isaac Stern
(and used by courtesy of Columbia Records)
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Martin Ritt and social issues
2 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Martin Ritt seems to be a director who was always interested in social issues (as the son of immigrants, he had every incentive to be so, especially since he was blacklisted in the '50s). "Conrack" is based on Pat Conroy's novel "The Water is Wide", about his own experience in 1969 teaching a school of impoverished black children about the outside world, much to the chagrin of the right-wing superintendent (Hume Cronyn). What added to the movie's strength was the cultural and historical context: Conroy (Jon Voight) frustratedly tells another teacher how many of the children don't know about Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, the Vietnam War, or even where Vietnam is. He proceeds to enlighten them about all these factors.

Somewhere, I read a complaint that when Conroy played music for the children, he only played white music. The truth is, you can't blame the movie for that; it was based on Conroy's real experience. Either way, the movie's a real gem.


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