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The Yearling (1946)

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Release Date: Dec 18, 1946 Wide

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Based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling is set in post-Civil War Florida. Claude Jarman Jr. plays Jody Baxter, the lonely son of just-getting-by farmers Pa and Ma Baxter (Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman). With all of his siblings dead and buried, Jody yearns to have a pet of some sort. When Pa is forced by circumstances to kill a doe, the animal's fawn-the yearling of the title-is adopted by Jody. The boy's love for the animal does not alter the fact that the fawn is eating all

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Sep 3, 2002

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The internal and external loyalties and relationships that pull and push young Jody provide the story with its powerful conflicts.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Thoughtful adaptation of the prize-winning novel.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A heart-warming 19th-century family drama about surviving in the Florida wilderness.

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Family classic, beautifully realized, involving a pet deer.

March 30, 2008
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Along with Lassie Come Home, this is one of MGM's classic family-animal melodramas, based on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, beautifully acted by Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman and Claude Jarman Jr.(in his debut), with strong production values (in color).

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Classy family classic of the old school.

March 10, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A forever young, forever fresh family film. One of the best.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
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A classic tearjerker, photographed in heavenly Technicolor

January 23, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

...a family classic in every sense of the word.

October 21, 2002
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WOW! FANTASTIC! Good thing OZ was made in year 1939, because that would have stolen the prize but, I have to say that this movie is comparable to the Wizard of Oz!
January 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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A bit on the barfy side. A young man decides to raise a deer and becomes a man. Let's forget about this one, shall we?
June 2, 2014
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