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How Green Was My Valley (1941) Movie Information

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John Ford


Roddy McDowall
Maureen O'Hara
Walter Pidgeon
Donald Crisp
Sara Allgood
Patric Knowles





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A coal mining town in a welsh community experiences the turn of the century and the implications of a different type of working age, along with death, disease, and disaster.

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An enveloping tale of poverty and success that is told with engrossing humanity. The performances are, of course, the real star, but the cinematography produces some amazingly well-plotted scenes and sequences.

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This was a good movie. I was surprised at how good it was. It reminded me in style and plot of "The Grapes of Wrath" but not as good nor as detailed. It is a sad movie but a happy one, see it if you enjoy turn of the century films.

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04/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then." A touching, bleak family story presented with realism and brilliance by one of the best. The story revolves around the Morgan's ad Huw (Roddy McDowall) who narrates it. Ivor (Patric Knowles), Davy, Gwilym Jr and Owen work in the coal mine. The older brothers leaves the house because they disagree with the ideals of their father. Huw's sister Angharad (Maureen O'Hara) experiences a love problem. Brilliantly scripted with lines: "Your time will come." - Mr. Morgan. "For you cannot conquer injustice with more injustice - only with justice and the help of God." and " Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you...

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02/18/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Secondary version of Grapes of Wraith

This film seems to be best known for beating Citizen Kane for Best Picture. It might have been because Grapes of Wraith was not given best picture because they are similar in many ways except that Grapes of Wraith is better. Both are shot perfectly after all that is what John Ford does best. They are both acted just as well, but they diverge with the story. Grapes of Wraith story is focused and crisp and clear, whereas How Green was my valley is the opposite. There are scenes that do not go any where tonal shifts. The scenes involving the school is where the tonal shifts occur. The biggest problem is the lead who is the kid played by a very young Roddy Mcdowall. He is fine but is too much of a your standard wide eyed kid character to be truly compelling. That leaves no else to be well dev...

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Review - How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) grew up in a small mining town at the turn of the century. He recalls his many memories of childhood in the Best Picture winning film “How Green Was My Valley.”

I'm not sure how to take this movie. On one hand I want to call it a masterpiece, because it really is good. On the other hand, I didn't really think it was done very well. The acting is okay, but it's nothing too special. The writing is also good, but I think the acting sets it off. What really messes up the storytelling is the music, which gives the film a sappy feeling it could have done without.

One thing that really stood out to me, however, was the cinematography, which is really something to see. It's worth watching the film just to see the subtle camera work that gives the film its own spe...

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