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The Corn Is Green (1979)

A strong-willed teacher, determined to educate the poor and illiterate youth of an impoverished Welsh village, discovers one student whom she believes to have the seeds of genius in him.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Ivan Davis, Emlyn Williams (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Miss Lilly Moffat
Ian Saynor ... Morgan Evans
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... The Squire
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Watty
Anna Massey ... Miss Ronberry
Artro Morris Artro Morris ... John Goronwy Jones
Dorothea Phillips ... Sarah Pugh
Toyah Willcox ... Bessie Watty (as Toyah Wilcox)
Huw Richards Huw Richards ... Idwal
Bryn Fôn Bryn Fôn ... Robbart
Dyfan Roberts Dyfan Roberts ... Gwyn
Robbin John Robbin John ... Ivor (as Robin John)
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A strong-willed teacher, determined to educate the poor and illiterate youth of an impoverished Welsh village, discovers one student whom she believes to have the seeds of genius in him.

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The heartwarming classic of a teacher's dedication - and triumph!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Korn ist grün See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Broadcast 39 years after the play it was based on was first performed. See more »

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Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

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Great acting
13 November 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If you've seen the 1945 version of The Corn is Green, you haven't really seen it in its full potential. Bette Davis can play a spinster extremely well, but she can't get enthused like Katharine Hepburn can. In Emlyn Williams's story, a strong woman sets up a school in a Welsh mining town. She finds potential in one particular young boy and hopes an education will give him a chance at a different life. When Katharine Hepburn encourages her student, she raises her fists in the air and grins triumphantly. It's a much more understandable interpretation of her character; the woman obviously has passion enough to educate lost-cause mining children, so she should show her passion in her delivery and mannerisms. Kate was nominated for an Emmy that year, but was ironically beat out by Bette Davis for Strangers: The Story of a Mother and a Daughter.

In his first film, Ian Saynor gives a wonderfully emotive performance as the conflicted student. From start to finish, the audience sees his growth and maturity, and we learn to put as much faith and hope in his character as Kate does.

While David Walker's costumes are beautiful, John Barry's music cheapens the quality of the film, making it obvious that it was made for television. If you can get past the soundtrack, though, you're in for a very well-acted and interesting story.


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