The Corn Is Green (1978)
The Corn Is Green (1978)
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Slow paced drama pits energetic Hepburn rural school teacher against a stubborn Welsh society in the form of a student she highly admires. Legend director George Cukor, a great friend of Hepburn, collaborates with Hepburn in this television film of high quality. SEE a clip here from the film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3wRH37BcFU [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSKeSUJf-xEAOePPV2eKacuY5UxSqxvpB8Gi0bS0eIgZllgJLlQaw[/img] "The Corn Is Green is a 1979 television drama film starring Katharine Hepburn as a schoolteacher determined to bring education to a Welsh coal mining town, despite great opposition."-- Wikipedia While the title is less than up to today's standards, the film brings to mind the Oscar winning How Green is My Valley as it is set in a coal mining North Wales community. [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ6M44BiVwwtOB9cupaSzIkrqyJ3BGkdkFuCcXzU0NNRPsNbqJF[/img] SEE the entire color film here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo7NvObr0yc [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCOAfpr0ipaS3ET7ZZbWXAInaglnsjKSJwMPjkZQyHRhINqmcl[/img] REVIEWS by those like us: 60% Hepburn is sensational as usual. Playing a spinster school teacher in a Scottish mining town. This was a TV movie. Directed by George Cukor. [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTrmUgL3aJ3EeXIww4RT9jb392xjQqhgnOFH5qs_T6cI4Qgh-ev[/img] NOTES: 1 Directed by legend George Cukor, the tenth and last collaboration on film between the director and the actress, and is the second and last made-for-television film directed by Cukor. 2 The film was telecast by CBS. It received two Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for Katharine Hepburn. [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRWG2sE5QpHvVTM9FTIJn7pERYXDwkd3z2-S11ihumIP1JgK6IXfg[/img] Cast Katharine Hepburn - Miss Lilly Moffat Ian Saynor - Morgan Evans Bill Fraser - The Squire Patricia Hayes - Mrs. Watty Anna Massey - Miss Ronberry Artro Morris - John Goronwy Jones Dorothea Phillips - Sarah Pugh Toyah Willcox - Bessie Watty [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR26VNQjYaGyoR9g3eOPTHlitxebSeqXPSmp9hMbNirvhG0nYZ3ew[/img] Directed by George Cukor Produced by Neil Hartley Written by Ivan Davis Emlyn Williams (play) Starring Katharine Hepburn Bill Fraser Ian Saynor Music by John Barry Country United States Language English Release date January 29, 1979 Running time 93 minutes [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS06NCwsO0oWFlpeYQYe5WawCGNLNYaDpdwwDIzQKPvMuCRhHZ8[/img]
Ironically, Bette Davis was too young (36), when she played the spinsterish teacher in Warner's 1946 melodrama, and Katharine Hepburn too old (70) in this TV version, directed by George Cukor in what was their tenth (and last) collaboration.
A late career triumph for both Kate and Cukor this marvelous TV version of the play Ethel Barrymore made famous years before feels like it was written with Hepburn in mind so well does the part fit her. High production values give it the feeling of a feature film and the performances are most enjoyable from all the actors. A wonderful story of the value of learning and the quest for knowledge along with the need to temper it with caring and human interest this is a reminder of the superior quality that used to be offed on American television and rarely is today. Beautiful location filming in Wales completes the charm of this fine offering. Well worth seeking out for anyone looking for superior entertainment.
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