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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Robert Donat , Greer Garson , Sam Wood  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Henreid
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011D1R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" on IMDb

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One more terrific film from a terrific year for movies--1939, the year of Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Stagecoach, among others--Sam Wood's Goodbye Mr. Chips is a deeply stirring work starring Robert Donat as the old schoolmaster who looks back upon his life. Told mostly in flashbacks, the film wraps itself around a history of an older England as seen through the generations of boys who pass through Mr. Chips's classroom. Greer Garson is her usual classy, sexy-intelligent self as Donat's wife, their earlier courtship one of the film's highlights. Get out the Kleenex for this one. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

AN AGED TEACHER AND FORMER HEADMASTER OF A BOARDING SCHOOLRECALLS HIS CAREER AND HIS PERSONAL LIFE OVER THE DECADES.

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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schmaltzy, but who minds? July 8, 2004
Format:DVD
This is a wonderfully sentimental depiction of public school life in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and beyond. Chipping, like so many other schoolmasters of the time, lives a cloistered life on which the outer world only occasionally impinges -- mostly during wartime.
In the film, he ventures out on only one other memorable occasion -- a holiday with the school German teacher to the Tyrol where he meets the handsome Greer Garson (in her first movie appearance), who somewhat improbably falls for him. This sets off a chain of sentimental events: marriage, introductions to the common room, tea with the boys, her death through childbirth, and a never-ending cycle of Colleys (played by the same actor, but with a slightly different haircut for each generation). The school hymn is also designed to pluck the heart stings.
The movie was actually filmed at Repton. I went to a similarly confined, all-boys, English public school, set in a country town miles from anywhere else, though somewhat more recently than the Chips era. Many of the masters never married because it was so difficult for them to meet any women. We still had corporal punishment -- which Chips continues to inflict even when brought out of retirement to become head during World War One. This film does not reflect the grubby reality of public school life -- the author must have had his rose-tinted spectacles on when he wrote this -- but it's hard not to be moved by it.
I have special memories of first seeing this at the age of 12 in our headmaster's study, together with all the other senior boys at the prep school. Today, its meaning for me is more about staying in the same place for a long time, while all about you moves on. (I've recently completed 25 years with the same employer!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ACTOR AA FOR 1939. July 11, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The excellent film version of James Hilton's sentimental novellette. The tribute to the English public school system and to one Mr. Chipping is done with immaculate care in every respect; it is a serene, tenderly heart-warming story. Like the story, the film is nostalgic: if we never knew a Mr. Chips, we should have - he belongs in every young man's past. Robert Donat gives an incredibly fine charactisation of the much-loved schoolmaster. Donat's performance is noteworthy not merely for his uncanny ability to make a convincing transition from young schoolmaster to octogenarian, but for his subtle underlining (if underlining can be subtle) of the dramatic moments in an essentially undramatic life. Chips was a shy person; like an iceberg, two-thirds of him was always subsurface. Donat wisely understated him playing him softly which doubled his poignance. It is only when he is seen as a crotchety old man scattering across campus in his tattered robe - that Donat went a TRIFLE overdrawn: a fraction of the cute and overacted side. But that is just and impression and not deep enough to discredit an otherwise flawless performance. Greer Garson's portrait of Katherine, the assertive young woman who changed the dour Mr. Chipping into the loveable Mr. Chips is altogether believable and quite entrancing: here is one of the nicest people we could ever wish to encounter! The boys are completely captivated hy Katherine - and so is the viewer. Paul Henreid is splendid as the German instructor and Terry Kilburn is unforgettable. A beautiful picture in every respect.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Movie tops the Book June 7, 2005
Format:DVD
There aren't many cases where the movie is better than the book, but "Goodbye Mr. Chips" is one of them. James Hilton tossed together his barely over 100 pages of big type in about a week. The scriptwriters for the film fleshed out a good story line with much more detail. Well-directed and just superbly acted by Robert Donat in the title role, this film is an endearing classic.

The basic story is that of a traditional English schoolmaster, set in a period from mid-Victorian to pre-WWII. It's a gentle tale of the meaning of a man's life and how we can rise to excellence in our modest professions and touch the lives of many. Mr. Chipping ("Chips" as his students affectionately know him) leads a rich life, although also fraught with sorrows.

There is still much relevance to the film--the tragedy of war, the importance of a balanced education, and the evils of caste.

Yes, the film is sentimental and a little manipulative, but you will probably not mind. In fact, you may cry your eyes out.

Compared to R.F. Delderfield's "To Serve Them All My Days," the book of "Chips" is not nearly as good, but this film tops the BBC mini-series of "Days" in virtually every way--especially in managing to leave out a lot of class warfare!

Order it, go buy a box of Puffs, and plonk yourself down for a delightful classic!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Masterpiece! February 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The year is 1939, often considered the greatest year for American movies: Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, Young Mr. Lincoln, Dark Victory, Gunga Din, Of Mice and Men, and the best of them all - Goodbye, Mr. Chips. It is unabashedly sentimental, even corny, but it remains after sixty years one of the two best movies about teachers (the other being the Miracle Worker) and has at its center one of the best acting performances of all time - Robert Donat as the title character in his Oscar winning performance (winning against Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Laurence Olivier and Mickey Rooney). His performance is for the ages, particularly in light of the fact that he ages 60 years during the course of the film. It also has a wonderful romance (with a luminous Greer Garson) and a fine supporting cast (including the school children) but it is the understated poignancy of Donat's performance that makes this a true classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still wonderful after all these years
It sounds like a cliche, but they don't make movies like this anymore. This is a wonderful accounting of one man's life. No hero, just a very dedicated teacher. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Patricia A. Duigon
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a Christmas present for my mother - she ...
Purchased as a Christmas present for my mother - she loves this movie! One of her all time favourites!
Published 20 days ago by JeanetteN
4.0 out of 5 stars Being a Greer Garson fan I had to own this ...
Being a Greer Garson fan I had to own this movie as it was her debut. Of course, Robert Donat is the star and was the star and was always worth watching and it is a touching movie.
Published 29 days ago by England's own.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie! a classic!
Published 1 month ago by Jean E. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic movie.
Published 1 month ago by Pennee L. Mecham
5.0 out of 5 stars A SCHOOLMASTER IN 1914-20 ENGLISH BOARDING SCHOOL
A TOUCHING MOVIE OF A MAN CAUGHT IN HIS TIME AND CULTURE WHO STOOD UP AND DID HIS DUTY, A LIFELONG SINGLE GENTLEMAN HE MARRIED LATE, BEAUTIFUL GIRL, MET ON VACATION IN SWITZERLAND,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin S. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerker.
Tear jerker but well done. I've seen it many times and wanted it in my DVD collection. Buy it for yours.
Published 2 months ago by L. Phillip Christman, II
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-acted classic ...
Before providing my review, I note that Amazon has the wrong actor listed - the star is Robert Donat, not Paul Henreid. This movie is superb. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B Denny
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic "Mr. Chips"
An old classic that has stood the test of time. So often when 1939 (considered by many Hollywood's greatest year) is mentioned, and discussion centers around the Oscar for Best... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
My entire experience in obtaining the dvd of this film has been excellent and without any problem. I was actually surprised to find it, but thrilled that it was available. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Connie Granberry
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