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How Green Was My Valley
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HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY is about a large, close-knit family, the Morgans, in a small Welsh mining town. The family is headed by a firm father and a gentle, wise mother, and comprises six sons and one daughter. The five grown sons are, like their father, coal miners, and it is their hope that the sixth son, sensitive and intelligent Huw (Roddy McDowall), will become a scholar. It is through Huw's eyes that the story is told. He looks back as an older man and reflects on his family, his valley, and its people.
He grows up in a time of change, watching in confusion as a secure way of life is altered for the worse by mine owners who overwork the mines and alienate the miners, leading his brothers to call for unionism, a concept which his father abhors. This is the central decision from which the other threads of this compelling story evolve, and the film is ultimately a beautifully moving drama, one of the best films about family ever made.
Directed by the legendary John Ford and performed by a cast which includes some of the finest actors and actresses of that generation it's no surprise this film won numerous Academy Award in '41, including the Oscar for "Best Picture".
Starring Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp and a myriad of notables. This is a film that belongs in everyone's DVD collection.
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Should be required reading in school, instead of the sometimes readings. Great courage, love, integrity, and heartache.Published 1 day ago by Florence E McKinney
Loved this movie. It told me of the Welsh culture that my immigrant ancestors experienced before coming to this country.Published 20 days ago by James S. Hughes
I remember that when I was in high school I struggled through the book on which this film is based (for required summer reading) and didn't enjoy the process one whit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chrijeff
Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall), the academically inclined youngest son in a proud family of Welsh coal miners, witnesses the tumultuous events of his young life during a period of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria
Heartwarming, relevant story even by today's standards about a large family & its struggles in a small Welsh coal-mining town narrated by its now quite old - youngest son Huw... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Maguire