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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 »

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Mary
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Quickfellow
Ruth Attaway ...
Edna
James O'Rear ...
Messenger (as James O'Reare)
Gracia Lee ...
Mrs. Sellers
C.P. MacDonald ...
Mr. Ryder
Jane Moreland ...
Mrs. Webster
Thomas Horton ...
Judge
Nancy Butler ...
Mrs. Ryder
Robert W. Page ...
Mr. Spaulding
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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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The Los Angeles Clippers' Elgin Baylor has said that this is his favorite movie. See more »

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Pat Conroy: Gang, we're going to learn all these records. We're gonna look like geniuses when we know all these songs. Visitors are going to come here, expecting nothing but stupidity and poverty - I'm going to switch on this record player - you're going to look those people right in the eye, and exclaim: "Are you perchance... familiar with the works of Rimsky-Korsakov?" We'll knock their behinds off... Now here we got something very sweet
[begins playing record]
Pat Conroy: ... Brahms' Lullaby. You don't need any ...
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Opening credits prologue: This is based on a true story. It began in March of 1969. See more »

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Version of The Water Is Wide (2006) See more »

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5th Symphony
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (uncredited)
Performed by New York Philharmonic (as the New York Philharmonic)
with Leonard Bernstein as Conductor
(and used by courtesy of Columbia Records)
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A Great Movie Forgotten?
12 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

all i can say is that each time i see CONRACK, dir. Martin Ritt, DP. John Alonzo, i feel an utmost sense of inspiration and enlightment in what the power of cinema is possible in such a simple film.

the motion picture Conrack is set in 1969. It is based on a true story. It is a story about a white man (Jon Voight) who teaches a group of young black children how incredible the world is outside of their little South Carolina island.

The story places the job of a teacher as noble cause in changing children's lives.

I highly recommend it.


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