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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 9 April 1942 (Australia)
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

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Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for his youngest son, but Huw has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd, who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners. Written by garykmcd

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village | wales | girl | coal mine | school | See All (66) »

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Rich is their humor! Deep are their passions! Reckless are their lives! Mighty is their story! See more »

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Drama | Family

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9 April 1942 (Australia)  »

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Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Historians have called the way the wind plays with O'Hara's veil when she leaves the church after her wedding a stroke of luck for John Ford. Far from it, he had instructed the crew to set up wind machines to fan the veil into a perfect circle behind her head then blow it straight up into the air. See more »

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In the chapel right before the woman is shunned, Mr. Gruffydd closes the Bible. The pages are clearly blank. See more »

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Huw Morgan: There is no fence nor hedge around time that is gone. You can go back and have what you like of it, if you can remember. So I can close my eyes on my valley as it is today, and it is gone, and I see it as it was when I was a boy. Green it was, and possessed of the plenty of the Earth. In all Wales, there was none so beautiful. Everything I ever learned as a small boy came from my father and I never found anything he ever told me to be wrong or worthless. The simple lessons he taught me are as ...
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Hawkeye (1976) See more »

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Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Music by John Hughes
Lyrics by William Williams
Sung a cappella by men coming home from the mines
Later played at Angharad's wedding procession
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How Green was my Valley was the greatest film of all time.
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greatest movie of all time. I saw this first during World War II, and it made such an impression upon me that I had to go back time after time. Now 60 years later it lingers in my memory over any other movie I have ever seen. No movie before or since has left such a lasting impression upon me.

It could easily be brought back to the modern screen as a classic film that will never die. I wish I could own it on DVD, but I have no idea where I can obtain it. It would be at the top of classic films of all time as an asset in my library. It appeared at a time in our history when the world was being torn asunder and we did not know what tomorrow would bring. It was so uplifting at a time when we needed that uplift.


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