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The Marva Collins Story (1981)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 1 December 1981
In this touching story, a dedicated African-American teacher in an inner-city school in the midwestern United States facing tough odds helps ghetto children to succeed. Meanwhile, she faces... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Levin
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Marva Collins
Morgan Freeman ... Clarence Collins
Rodrick F. Wimberly ... Martin Luther Jones (as Rodrick Wimberly)
Mashaune Hardy Mashaune Hardy ... Cindy Collins
Brett Bouldin Brett Bouldin ... Patrick Collins
Samuel Muhammad Jr. Samuel Muhammad Jr. ... Eric Collins
Dianne Kirksey ... Cynthia Rawls
Frankie Hill Frankie Hill ... Ida Banbower
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown ... Chester Boland
Marsha Warfield ... Lela Boland
Ce Ce Thompson Ce Ce Thompson ... Louise Jones
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Zay Smith
Mike Genovese ... Mardesich
Kelly Crosby Kelly Crosby ... Tina Boland
Tonda Leavy Tonda Leavy ... Clarissa Lester
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In this touching story, a dedicated African-American teacher in an inner-city school in the midwestern United States facing tough odds helps ghetto children to succeed. Meanwhile, she faces an adversarial colleague and a principal who disapproves of her teaching methods. To top it off, a youth regularly messes up the classroom after school to tick the teacher off. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>, bentley3461@hotmail.com

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Biography | Drama

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Not Rated
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Shortly after 1:05 minutes, she cites "Muy bien" as being French for "Very good", when, in fact, it is Spanish. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Love
8 January 2007 | by ivyaweSee all my reviews

Saw the Movie years ago and what I remember was "Love".

Previous comment wrote they remember one scene...

"My favorite part is when the girl told Marva I hate you then Marva said I love you." I THINK that is what the difference was between Marva Collins and her school and the Public School system. In her own school she was able to give those "classified retarded" kids the Love she could not give them in the Public school system.

That situation is obviously worse today. I heard about one Public School employee, a middle aged gentleman, who was fired for giving a female student an encouraging hug in the hallway between classes.

So, saying "I Love You" to a student in the Public School system today would surely result in the same thing, a termination.

Amore!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Marva Collins Story (#31.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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