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Marva Collins Story, The (DVD)

Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman star in the true story of Marva Collins, a talented and determined teacher who leaves Chicago's public school system to open her own school.With no funding, in a poor neighborhood, teaching children that the school system has labeled "unteachable," Collins should fail. But refusing to accept failure--from herself or her studends--Collins succeeds, and her students excel in this moving drama, The Marva Collins Story.Edward Asner introduces the film and summarizes Mrs. Collins' stunning achievements with underprivilged children in the Chicago.

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  • Actors: Ed Asner, Cicely Tyson, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Dianne Kirksey, Marsha Warfield
  • Directors: Peter Levin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA736
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lamarr Wilson on September 15, 2008
Thanks to this movie and her books, I had the privilege of working in her Milwaukee and Chicago schools, being trained directly by her in early 1999-2000. She's the real deal, and it's sad that her school has closed, but the legend will live on if educators start adopting her methodology. Thanks Marva.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hilmantel on December 17, 2007
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This movie tells the true story of an African-American teacher who opted out of the public school system and succeeded with kids who everyone said could never succeed. An inspiring modern day "Horatio Alger" story of achievement and the overcoming of obstacles. What happens when failure is not an option.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on March 10, 2008
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I am so excited that this movie has become available on DVD. I can remember watching this movie with my mother when I was about 7 years old. We can all relate to the teacher that has dedicated him/herself to the job of educating and instilling positive values in their students. I recently watched it with my son and he as well, loved it. We can use a lot more like Marva Collins especially, in our public school system.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elaine T. Maher on May 6, 2009
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If only the teachers of today could use the method of teaching Marva Collins used. Unfortunatly "touching, patting, kissing on the cheek or contact of any kind" would be grounds for dismissal. I am not a teacher but use Marva's principles on the people I work with, my family and even my dogs. I don't have children, but if I did, I would use her teaching method on them as well. This is an EXCELLENT story and insight on how to "connect" with children. If you have the opportunity to see this movie it will better your life in so many ways. You really need to watch Marva's style and how she gets across to her students. It will be worth your while and be a movie you'll never forget.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. C. OBrien on January 24, 2010
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This is a must-watch for just about anyone. It's a very inspiring true story that makes you want to cheer or cry or both! Watch by yourself to see what determination can produce. Watch it with your kids to show them the power of independent thinking and learning beyond the basics. And watch it with a loved one/partner to show what support for one another can bring.

For everyone, this is a marvelous example of how your beliefs shape your reality. When one woman wouldn't accept the conventional wisdom of her time and place and instead followed her own, she changed the world for countless children and their families.

Yes, this made-for-TV production is not as impressive as a full-up theater production. But passionate acting by Cicely Tyson with a good supporting cast will tug at your heartstrings and stir your hopes for the next generation. Buy it, and share it with everyone in your family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JDavid on February 16, 2012
The Marva Collins Story is another example of an excellent made for television film (a film that probably cost very little to make and needed no expensive special effects or razzle dazzle) that brings a true story to the attention of the public. Such quality television films reminds me once again of the broad variety of material that can make it on to the small screen, when the cinema fare is much more limited in scope.

The film chronicles how Marva Collins, a highly dedicated public school teacher in an inner city Chicago school, gave up the security of her teaching position to start her own private school. Frustrated by the apathy and low standards of her colleagues and the obstructiveness of the public school bureaucracy, and horrified by the related poor performance of so many of the students, Collins opened a school where she could carry out her own teaching philosophy. Collins believed that children should be taught and challenged by the best material in history, literature, languages, math, and science. This approach is called a classical education, the idea that the greatest accomplishments of Western civilization, the civilization that gave rise to our own country, are the common heritage of all. Collins also had a fierce love for her students, who were mostly African-American children from poorer families. This love manifested itself in a commitment and determination to their education that brooked no obstacles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hotchas on October 16, 2011
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Yes, the movie was very good. I am a follower of Marva Collins, who I consider the greatest teacher of our time. I only wish the DVD came with an interview of the real Marva Collins, or at the least, a copy of the TV 60 Minutes story which is only 15 minutes long.

Also, if the DVD came had a Spanish option, it would reach a lot more who need to hear her message.

I also highly recommend her book where she and a co-author tell it like it is.

She is as great as Martin Luther King Jr. Both state that skin is not the issue, but the content of one's character which Marva Collins pinpoints with success.

God bless them both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Johnson on April 23, 2012
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THE MARVA COLLINS STORY should've been a major motion picture. A remake is needed for our times. Though, I don't think no other actress at this point of time can touch Cycely Tyson's performance.

AN OUTSTANDING ONE OF A KIND!

A MUST SEE!
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