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The Water Is Wide - Hallmark Hall of Fame (2006)

Alfre Woodard  |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alfre Woodard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6R5CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

All DVD's are sold new/sealed in their original packaging. During the late 1960s, a novice schoolteacher comes to a small island off the coast of South Carolina with the hope of bringing literacy and self-respect to the undereducated, African-American children living there. Mrs. Brown, the school's principal and only other teacher, instructs him to be stern and tough to keep his pupils under control. With unflagging determination and an unconventional style, the new teacher strives instead to inspire the children and involve the whole community in their education. Stars: Alfre Woodard and Jeff Hephner Features: "Making of" featurette; full-screen version; closed captioned DVD also includes behind-the-scenes interview, biographies, credits and production story. Running Time: Approx. 110 minutes Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching and Island living March 18, 2010
Format:DVD
This dvd will inspire and excite you! It is full of energy and passion. You will want to lobby against huge schools and bureaucracy and will long for the one room school house. That said, the original John Voight version "Conrack" is preferable and more realistic (no hills depicted as the setting is South Carolina's lowcountry). Also many of the families who still live on Daufuskie are not pleased with Pat Conroy's portrayal of them which magnifies himself to their detriment. Fortunately, the true setting Mary Fields School is still used regularly for church summer camps, town meetings, and even birthday parties. The families still are able to live on Daufuskie Island and maintain much of the culture depicted in the dvd. Most of all, Daufuskie still has a marvelous school serving 16 children ages 4 through 11. And yes, the teachers are passionate and the students thrive!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story for teachers and educators in general October 12, 2008
Format:DVD
What a great way to compare the "old ways" of education and the passion of a young educator who gets to connect with his students through innovative methodology. The bureacracy of government regulating education gets an appropriate criticism too. No five stars due to the lack of subtitles, specially in other languages (Spanish) which would have made the product perfect!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If all school teachers cared this way July 14, 2007
Format:DVD
If only all school teachers took a sincere interest in there students in this manner today. Based on a true story, Pat Conroy left a legacy in the lives of his students and their families.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book..movie is comparable... May 15, 2013
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After moving to the Low Country, I read all of Pat Conroy's books, then watched the movies that were made from the novels. Scenery is amazing, and the movie is really good. Of course, after reading the book, the movie had a lot to live up to, in my imagination. Pat Conroy is a hero, though, in my book. I'm looking for him every time I go out:).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV Viewing April 7, 2013
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I have been a fan of Pat Conroy since reading Prince of Tides. He is a great American story teller. He writes from his heart and in turn touches your heart. Enjoyed the DVD very much. Great family entertainment especially with parents and teenagers of today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Woodard movie August 22, 2013
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I like emotional movies such as this! A great movie with movement and uplifting ending. It has great pathos and understanding of the human nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pat Conroy July 8, 2013
By Luisfer
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I love everything from Pat Conroy. This movie is excellent. Beautiful showing of the south of the United States with all good and bad of people there
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie review January 18, 2013
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I really enjoyed the movie, It was one in which I was able to show at church and not be worried about anything in appropiate being said or done that would not be fesable to show at church.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
This movie was recommended by my sister. It live up to every expectation. I will be ordering other movies. enjoyed!
Published 3 months ago by Celesta Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars the water is wide
another great hallmark movie to be enjoy by the whole family and give you all the family bonding time together
Published 3 months ago by Housekeeper
3.0 out of 5 stars underlining annoying!!
bought for hubby...he was a bit annoyed by underlining and such, but good.book nontheless. having definitions. for big words helpful
Published 4 months ago by Debbie Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!!
This is a great story, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to be a teacher, its a great story about how as a teacher you have to be willing to embrace your students... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. C. Crider
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, entertaining and thought provoking
I volunteer for Clallam Mosaic, a non-profit that provides educational, and social classes for the developmentally disabled after they have to leave high school and are otherwise... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra Voelz
5.0 out of 5 stars best of Pat Conroy
you will like another Pat Conroy movie and his books are the best too all about a one room school house and the children from various backgrounds that have to blend together for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shirley A. Maples
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Story!
Since I am a teacher, I really enjoyed this story of a young teacher in a small town. It was really an island and he travelled there by boat! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nancy J. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars And now the movie....
Great movie!sit back and have some popcorn. No need to get tickets. It my be a chick flick , but everyone can enjoy,
Published 12 months ago by Cecile M. Bodish
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
well done tv movie of famous book. The acting is good and the production values are quite well done - looks better than tv.
Published 13 months ago by David A Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Alfre Woodard plays against type as an evil principal who doesn't know any better...until a new teacher comes to the school and starts to make positive changes by actually teaching... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marg Gray
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