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  • TBC
  • Drama
  • 1974
  • 106 mins




Even by the mid-70s, this feel-good movie could be criticized as old-fashioned in its straightforward and optimistic reworking of Conroy's autobiographically inspired novel. Voight plays the young liberal teacher who heads for the rural South and ends up in a one-room school, where his pupils are either illiterate or retarded. Ritt, whose decency and commitment shines though in a dozen films (race was his particular concern) elicits our sympathy subtly but surely, awakening not just emotion but understanding of what the inexperienced teacher must have felt like.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Antonio Fargas, Tina Andrews, Madge Sinclair, Ruth Attaway
  • Director: Martin Ritt
  • Writer: Harriet Frank Jr, Irving Ravetch
  • Producer: Martin Ritt, Harriet Frank Jr
  • Photographer: John A Alonzo

In a nutshell

The whole cast are inspired and the production values outstanding.

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