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Conrack (1974)



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Based on Pat Conroy's autobiographical novel The Water is Wide, this drama is set on a remote South Carolina island where Conroy came to teach impoverished, nearly illiterate African-American children. At first the children resent the presence of the well-educated white man and everything he does falls flat, but then he begins designing lessons that relate directly to their lives and finally piques their interest and earns their trust. Unfortunately, his unorthodox methods do not win him points with the highly conservative school administrator who wants "Conrack" (the kid's pronunciation of Conroy's name) ousted.
Classics , Drama
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20th Century Fox


Jon Voight
as Pat Conroy
Hume Cronyn
as Skeffington
Madge Sinclair
as Mrs. Scott
Paul Winfield
as Mad Billy
Antonio Fargas
as Quickfellow
James O'Rear
as Postman
Gracia Lee
as Mrs. Sellers
C.P. MacDonald
as Mr. Ryder
Jane Moreland
as Mrs. Webster
LaCiisia Hardee
as LaCrisia
James O'Reare
as Postman
LaCrisia Hardee
as LaCrisia
Johnny Bell
as Jonny
Margaret Perry
as Margaret
Rosemary Miller
as Rosemary
Rickey Walker
as Rickey
Rebecca Cobbs
as Rebecca
Anthony Demery
as Anthony
Kevin Perry
as Kevin
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Critic Reviews for Conrack

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The spirit behind Conrack is so relentlessly idealistic in tone and uplifting in intent that one feels vaguely guilty for not responding to the film generously and forgivingly.

Full Review… | August 27, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Few will totally resist the surefire appeal of this latest variation on Pygmalion mythology.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Top Critic

The potentially dubious aspects of the subject are mostly exorcised, in part by a strong script (adapted from the book by real-life teacher Pat Conroy), but largely by the engaging and persuasive performance Ritt draws from Voight.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Despite Mr. Voight's skill, the teacher's character never jells.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It misses by less than a mile, but it misses.

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

Martin Ritt's movie is often sentimental and hectoring, ramming home the contrast between Voight's comfy, secure rebellion against the Vietnam War and the utter destitution and backwardness of his pupils.

Full Review… | August 27, 2013
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Conrack


very compelling film about a very malignant and insidious subject. the subjugation of education by bigotry, bitterness and self-righteousness. voight makes his bones with this film. heart-rending to watch, and sobering to understand. simply an outstanding movie.

bob weakley
bob weakley

The movie very accurately depicts the struggles that the African-American community faced during that time period. I think the structure was such that it needed people like Mr. Conroy to step in and stick up for what is right instead of maintain a broken status quo.

Taylor Jones
Taylor Jones

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