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Conrack (1974)

PG | | Drama | 7 June 1974 (UK)
White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Pat Conroy (from the book "The Water Is Wide"), Irving Ravetch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Pat Conroy
Paul Winfield ... Mad Billy
Madge Sinclair ... Mrs. Scott
Tina Andrews ... Mary
Antonio Fargas ... Quickfellow
Ruth Attaway Ruth Attaway ... Edna
James O'Rear James O'Rear ... Messenger (as James O'Reare)
Gracia Lee Gracia Lee ... Mrs. Sellers
C.P. MacDonald C.P. MacDonald ... Mr. Ryder
Jane Moreland Jane Moreland ... Mrs. Webster
Thomas Horton Thomas Horton ... Judge
Nancy Butler Nancy Butler ... Mrs. Ryder
Robert W. Page Robert W. Page ... Mr. Spaulding
Hume Cronyn ... Skeffington
Mac Arthur Nelson Mac Arthur Nelson ... Mac
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie Island, an island in a South Carolina river delta, the island accessible only by boat. The island is inhabited exclusively by blacks. He quickly learns that his students, who have never left the island, lack not only a basic understanding of academic items such as the alphabet and simple arithmetic, but also of other basic necessities of life such as personal hygiene. They can't even pronounce his name, they who call him Conrack. The teachers before him, including the school principal Mrs. Scott, have always treated the students as being slow and basically unteachable of academics. Conrack, a free thinking man, decides to expose his students not only to the academic subjects, but also to the gamut of life skills from brushing one's teeth to human anatomy, and some of the fun things in life like ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Conrack See more »

Filming Locations:

Brunswick, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2007 interview on the Dennis Miller Radio Show, Jon Voight recalled a reunion that was held twenty years after the release of the movie, with all of the available actors and actresses. Of the twenty-one actors and actresses who portrayed students, at the time of the reunion, three were teachers. See more »

Quotes

Mad Billy: There ain't a family on this island that hasn't pulled somebody - somebody - from that river. They fall in that river, they go down, like a stone. Well, I can't swim neither. Ain't nobody 'round here can.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is based on a true story. It began in March of 1969. See more »

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References Bright Eyes (1934) See more »

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Flight Of The Bumblebee
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (uncredited)
Played by Isaac Stern
(and used by courtesy of Columbia Records)
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Hooray for Hollywoodized!
25 March 2005 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

Pat Conroy is one of our most elegant writers, and his first book, a memoir of his adventure teaching a group of heart-breakingly neglected and ignorant black children on an island off the coast of South Carolina should be required upper-class reading for kids who have To Kill a Mockingbird under their belts.

Now, the movie: If you read the book, the movie will seem so Hollywoodized that you'll wonder who "cuted-up" Conrack (the kids' pronunciation for Conroy). Jon Voight is earnest and sweaty, and pulls off Conroy's youthful self-righteousness to a T, but Hume Cronyn is miscast as the evil, bigoted superintendent. The kids are strangely ignored here, although they are complex and fascinating in their own right in the book. Voight's teaching is the best part of this film, but Conroy's explanation to the white citizenry of why he should be retained--after annoying the county school administration for the last time--is destroyed by the ridiculous scene with Voight driving the streets of Buford, using a P.A. system on his hippiemobile to bludgeon bewildered suburbanites.

Hell, watch it anyway.


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