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How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

John Ford (1941)

117min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This magnificent Oscar-winning family saga may seem a trifle dated, with its superb but phoney studio re-creations of the valleys of South Wales instead of actual locations. But there's no denying its power to move as well as entertain audiences, as brilliant director John Ford lovingly details life in the pits and valleys of Richard Llewellyn's famous novel. Ford rightly won the best director Oscar and the movie won best picture, but often overlooked is the sincerity of the film's hand-picked cast, notably sturdy, top-billed Walter Pidgeon and fiery Ford regular Maureen O'Hara. The best supporting actor Oscar went to Donald Crisp's patriarch. This is precisely the kind of movie that gave Hollywood film-making dignity and supremacy in its heyday.

Summary

Residents of a Welsh mining community at the start of the 20th century struggle to come to terms with the decline in their traditional way of life. Oscar-winning drama, starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp and Roddy McDowall.

Cast & Crew

Actor Walter Pidgeon
Actor Maureen O'Hara
Actor Donald Crisp
Actor Roddy McDowall
Director John Ford

Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Drama

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