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The Water Is Wide (2006)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 29 January 2006
Pat Conroy, an ambitious, slightly rebellious, idealistic teacher, accepts Bennington county SC's school board superintendent's offer to teach the all-black kids of the pauper fishery ... See full summary »

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

Pat Conroy (novel), Jonathan Estrin (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Hephner ... Pat Conroy
Frank Langella ... Superintendent
Julianne Nicholson ... Barbara
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Edna (as LaTanya Richardson)
Alfre Woodard ... Mrs. Brown
James Murtaugh ... Ezra Bennington
Ivana Grace Ivana Grace ... Ethel
Marcus Carl Franklin ... Charles
Rodney Reid Rodney Reid ... Prophet
Howard Houston Jr. Howard Houston Jr. ... Lincoln (as Howard Houston)
Cole Hawkins Cole Hawkins ... Saul
Shakura Franklin ... Mary
Michael R. Hammonds II Michael R. Hammonds II ... Frank (as Michael Hammonds)
Paul Amadi Paul Amadi ... Oscar
Halle Brown Halle Brown ... Cindy Lou
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Pat Conroy, an ambitious, slightly rebellious, idealistic teacher, accepts Bennington county SC's school board superintendent's offer to teach the all-black kids of the pauper fishery community on Yamacraw Island. Staffless 'head' mistress Brown incarnates stupidity and blind rule obedience, her didactic skills consisting in scolding and spanking her students. Pat moves heaven and earth to motivate and educate, but after finally getting through to pupils and parents, is refused contract renewal by the arch-conservative authorities. Written by KGF Vissers

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He taught them to go as far as their dreams could take them.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Water Is Wide (#55.2) See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Why did they remake it?
30 January 2006 | by Tom MurraySee all my reviews

This is a remake of the 1974 film "Conrack", starring John Voight as Pat Conroy. Both films were based on Conroy's autobiographical novel "The Water Is Wide". The 1974 film won a special UN award from the British Actors & Film Technicians Association and the screenplay was nominated for an award by the Writers' Guild of America. The new version, "The Water Is Wide", shows no improvement over the original.

The story is simple and pleasant. A new, young, white, male teacher gets a job teaching the upper grades in a all-black elementary school on an island off the coast of South Carolina. The principal, who teaches the junior grades, is black. She maintains discipline by beating the children. Pat Conroy does not believe in the effectiveness of corporal punishment; instead, he wins over the class with a combination of openness, honesty, humour and tough love.

If you have not seen Conrack, then I could recommend this film, if you do not mind predictable films. One could probably predict the main developments from what I have already said, so I will say no more.


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