The Yearling (1946)




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Movie Info

Based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this film is set in post-Civil War Florida. Jody Baxter is the son of struggling farmers. When Pa is forced to kill a doe, the animal's fawn is adopted by Jody. The trouble starts when the fawn begins eating the Baxters' crops.

Rating: G
Genre: Classics, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Osborn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


as Pa Baxter

as Ma Baxter

as Jody Baxter

as Ma Forrester

as Buck Forrester

as Pa Forrester

as Mr. Boyles

as Lem Forrester

as Fodderwing

as Millwheel

as Gabby

as Twink Weatherby

as Eulalie

as Oliver

as Doc Wilson

as Mrs. Saunders

as Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Yearling

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In spite of obvious scenes of boy and growing deer running against a rosy skyline, the relationship is handled with tenderness and taste.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | July 4, 2013

Thoughtful adaptation of the prize-winning novel.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Yearling

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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Wow... I so cried at the end.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


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?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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