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God's Little Acre [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Writers: Philip Yordan, Erskine Caldwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00D3XMO0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "God's Little Acre [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

The primitive, ribald Georgia rustics of Erskine Caldwell's sizzling bestseller are brilliantly brought to the screen by legendary director Anthony Mann (Men in War) and screenwriter Philip Yordan (Johnny Guitar). This widely acclaimed American classic was provocative for it's day and has lost none of its zest and luster. Robert Ryan (The Set-Up), in what many critics claim to be one of his best roles plays Ty Ty Walden, the poor farmer convinced that there's golden treasure buried somewhere on his land. He spends years digging up the farm, littering the fields with empty holes, in his fruitless quest for riches and leaving his family and his sharecroppers to languish in poverty. Ty Ty lives with his two sons Buck (Jack Lord) and Shaw (Vic Morrow), his free-spirited youngest daughter Darlin' Jill (Fay Spain) and Buck's sultry wife, Griselda (Tina Louise) who's still in love with her ex-beau Will Thompson (Aldo Ray), now married to Walden's oldest daughter Rosamund (Helen Westcott). The stellar cast also includes Buddy Hackett as Pluto Swint, a friend of the family running for Sheriff who's obsessed with Darlin' Jill; Rex Ingram as Uncle Felix, the black sharecropper and friend to the family living on Ty Ty's land; Michael Landon as the albino Dave Dawson and Lance Fuller as Jim Leslie, Ty Ty's eldest son who's moved on and turned his back on his family.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful collectors' item.
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It was a disappointment because I watched the movie but couldn't hear the dialogue at the end!
Susan G. Benns
I like old movies in general but this one is at the top of my list.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Smith on January 27, 2004
Format: DVD
Perhaps one seeing this film for the first time, in this day and age, will not realize just how racy this picture was when it was produced (in 1958). I watch it now, and I still can't believe that they "got away with it". The picture, a yarn concerning a Georgia hayseed family, took the "Ma And Pa Kettle" concept to new heights!
The gist of the story is that Ti-Ti, and his strapping sons, are digging for his pappy's gold, which, legend has it, is buried somewhere on their Georgia farm. They've been digging in the ground for fifteen years.....and haven't found anything yet. The characters seem, to me, to be the basis for the Clampetts on the Beverly Hillbillies........especially Darlin' Jill (who surely was the model for Ellie Mae).
The picture includes one of the hottest forbidden love scenes to ever be committed to celuloid (between Tina Louise and Aldo Ray). This was back in the days when things had to be creatively SUGGESTED (to avoid censorship). Things are different today, when anything goes and a "love scene" is thrown in for mere titillation, showing yet another improbable, sexual acrobatic endeavor between two participants. This scene between "Griselda" and "Will" has actual BEARING on this story. Those were the days.
It might seem quite campy (it is!). It certainly is hilarious, and even tragic at times. I recommend "GOD'S LITTLE ACRE" highly!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T O'Brien on September 13, 2008
Format: DVD
Released in 1958, Anthony Mann's God's Little Acre caused a scandal in theaters and was even banned in many places. Now 50 years later, the DVD format lets viewers see what they may have missed. In 1930s rural Georgia, Ty Ty Walden and his family live on a farm, barely scraping by. Ty Ty was told by his great grandfather there's gold buried on the farm, and he's convinced it's still there. Helped out by his sons, he's been digging for 15 years without luck. The gold story serves as a jumping off point for the rest of the story, the relationships and dynamics of Ty Ty's family. Directed by Anthony Mann, this is a beautifully shot movie, in more ways than one, as the story of the Walden family develops. The relationships are real, the love and hot believable as Ty Ty tries to find the gold while also continuing to be able to live. It's not a well-known movie, but it's an enjoyable movie, if for nothing else than to see what all the scandal was about. It seems tame compared to movies now, but you can see why it caused a stir.

In what's really an ensemble cast, Robert Ryan gives one of his best performances as Ty Ty Walden, the family patriarch trying to keep his family together, all the while searching for his great grandfather's gold. Ryan pulls off the dramatic and comedic scenes equally well throughout, especially the scenes with the cross on his farm's God's little acre. Aldo Ray plays Will Thompson, Ty's son-in-law who's been out of a job for six months since a mill closed. Will married Ty's daughter Rosamund (Helen Westcott) but really loves Griselda, married to Ty's son Buck. They have a history together, and it's their scenes together that caused a stir upon the movie's release.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Kinsman on June 2, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Review are you kidding, they just don't make movies like this anymore. Two plots going on at the same time the main being a treasure hunt which causes men to test what their true treasure is and the love story which for its time was almost scandelous. This is a good old fashhion movie. Did I say good. I mean great.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Ortega on February 11, 2007
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What could be funnier than the premise that God has his own little plot of land (doesn't it all belong to him?) which keeps getting moved around to make way for yet another fruitless dig looking for gold where none has ever been found. Set in the old (1920's-30's)poor south, poor farm owners dependent on their share croppers working their farm which provides them all a living because the resident farm owners are too lazy to farm and too busy digging for gold, the property is all pot holed from past digs and God's cross that indicates his ownership keeps getting moved around when the patriarch of the family gets a new inspiration where to dig and it is usually right where the cross has been relocated. Lust and greed, longing and jealousy, violence and avarice, faith and hope, all in one story. Erskine Caldwell was a great writer, this and Tobacco Road are hoots, great actors star in this flick. Of course it is slightly sanitized from the actual book but it's still pretty faithful to the story line.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lester L. Carter on April 28, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Here's a movie that I'd not expected. Robert Ryan, Vic Morrow, Michael Landon, Jack Lord, Buddy Hackett, and Tina Louise really set the screen on fire. A good surprise for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 28, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm not sure what the other reviewer got for his dollar but I have the dvd pictured & yes it is in a slim case but the picture looks fabulous. Maybe they were reviewing the case? If you liked Peyton Place or anything Tenesse Williams, you will like this one. And yes, Tina Louise is stunning in it but who knew Jack Lord was so damn hot back in the day? You won't recogize Michael Landon for a while (at least I didn't).It's a good story & well worth the [...] I paid.
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