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The Yearling (1947)

Gregory Peck , Jane Wyman , Clarence Brown  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills, Clem Bevans
  • Directors: Clarence Brown
  • Writers: John Lee Mahin, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Paul Osborn
  • Producers: Sidney Franklin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I1J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Yearling" on IMDb

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  • Tom & Jerry Cartoon "The Cat Concerto"
  • Jody's World Interactive Adventure
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Life abounds in the 1870s Florida scrubland that's home to young Jody Baxter. There are bears to hunt, cash crops to plant, evenings of storytelling with Pa and Ma... and there are timeless lessons of love and letting go that Jody learns from Flag, the orphaned pet fawn that follows him around with devotion.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic That Must Be Seen May 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This wonderful film is one of a handful that has the power to call me back to my childhood days and wrap me in warm memories of my Mom, Dad and little brother sitting around the television on Saturday night, watching the late show.
From the opening scenes of this beautifully photographed movie I found myself caught-up in the intriguing post Civil War story of a boy and his pet faun and their fantastic adventures on a scruffy Florida Everglades farm. The film stars Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman and Claude Jarman in the lead roles, with some of Hollywood's best character actors in the colorful supporting roles.
Peck gives an Oscar caliber performance as the warmhearted father who tries his best to make a better life for his family, with absolutely no help from the elements, which surround them. Jane Wyman plays his wife Orry, the hardened mother and wife who is so embittered by past tragedies in her life that she refuses to show any love for her one remaining child for fear of losing him too. And Claude Jarman plays Jodie the wistful young son who is just one summer away from adolescence and all the hardships that come with growing up.
This story is chock-full of excitement and adventure sure to please the kids, and each of those adventures is also a great lesson on life that will stay with them for years to come. Just watching Jodie romp with his pet faun for that one fleeting summer is a joyous site to behold and the touching scenes where Orry finally begins letting herself love her son will bring tears to your eyes. And of course the heart-rending scenes of Jodie trying his best to get the yearling to run away so he won't have destroy it, all come together to make this movie one of the most emotional experiences of my childhood and I must say I believe I'm a better person for the values I learned from this timeless story.
Experience this film with your children, you won't be sorry you did.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story, wonderful performances August 8, 2003
This movie really could not be improved upon; every single performance, from Calude Jarman Jr to Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman and Chill Wills are astonishingly believable; you never think you are watching a movie, this is truly a window into a real world. The boy who plays Fodderwing is extraordinary, almost unearthly, in his role. The dream sequences with the deer are breathtaking, as are all the scenes which have animals interacting with people. You really get involved in this one; it is not merely a spectator event; you are THERE, with Jody and his parents, and Flag, his little deer. I have seen this too many times to count, starting when I was about 6 years old, and have never lost one iota of awe when I see it again. It is a shame that movies with this kind of heart, emnotion and inner strength/courage are not made anymore; there are simply no stories now to equal this one, and that is a pity. Still, you can go home again when you see this movie; it never loses its appeal, even through repeated viewings, and you are always immediately caught up in the story and the characters. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings grew up in the Florida Everglades, and waa a master at describing the unique flora and fauna which proliferate there; it is a very unusual place, and this story takes you right to the center. A must for every DVD/VHS library, and a family classic for years to come.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Director Clarence Brown's best movie. May 24, 2001
By Stewart
Format:VHS Tape
"The Yearling" is a 1946 family classic with Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, and Claude Jarman, Jr. It's also a movie that has grown on me each time I have watched it. Of all of director Clarence Brown's films, including "National Velvet", "The Yearling" has the most chock-full of enjoyable and memorable scenes. Even though the story is centered around Jody (Jarman, Jr.) and his pet fawn Flag, for me it's more about Jody and his father Penny Baxter (Peck). Their relationship is the best father-son relationship I've seen in a film. Gregory Peck can play fathers in movies better than most actors because his characters always listen to their children. Claude Jarman, Jr. received a special Academy Award for this film, and deserved it. During the last half of this movie, I was so amazed by how well he could cry. His performance ranks among the very best performances from child actors in movies. The ending both breaks my heart and fills me with hope, when the father tells Jody about life and when the mother (Wyman) finally opens up her love to Jody. This is what quality family entertainment used to be, and I love it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is it about this film? May 26, 1999
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When I grew up I stopped seeing over and over the movies I liked. Not this one. I do see this film over and over, but instead of getting numb, I become more even more affected. There are certain scenes, happy or sad, that are so evocative, so transcendent that, I'm embarrassed to say, I can feel tears well up in my eyes. I'm not looking at myself, or even the boy in the film. I'm looking at childhood itself - and its end.
Find some quality time, darken the room, dispense with your sophisticated baggage. And let yourself go.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but read the book February 8, 2005
By A. Hunt
First, this is not an easy movie or one that you would want to pop in the vid and let the kids veg out is too good for that. Better yet - wait till your kids are 10 or older, and let them read the book....that is the best option. The movie, not as good as the book ( is it ever?) still, is 10X better than kiddie fare such as The Land Before Time and other drek out there. Themes are teen/pre-teen: death - a friend, parent, pet or a peer; the meaning of life; the mortality/fallability of parents, etc. Will disturb children under emotional age of 8 or 9.

From other reviews, a few misconceptions: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who wrote the book, did not grow up in Florida, and the book is not set in the Everglades, but rather in the rough neighborhood of 1870's East Central Florida. Check out the map for Volusia (actually, now known as Astor,FL) and the rest of the place names pretty well remain the same. Baxter's Island is based on Pat's Island.

I live very near the places the novel is set; love the book, just re-read it with my 10 year old son.

Magic, for free. Make the time: movie AND book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love watching this movie on a rainy day. It relaxes me. I love old movies.
Published 1 month ago by Betty Choice
5.0 out of 5 stars The yearling
A honorable movie. Movie makers these days don't know how to make a movie that is worthwhile!
Published 2 months ago by critique
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful, wholesome kid movie.
Published 2 months ago by Granpa Bed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent - a classic
Published 2 months ago by pat
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Fan
The only redeeming quality this movie offers is the fact that Gregory Peck is in it; otherwise it's complete crap. What ruined it for me was Claude Jarman,Jr in the role of Jody. Read more
Published 3 months ago by chef steph
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful movie and well made... suitable acting.
I saw this movie at the theature many years ago (when I was very young) so I had to get it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MOVIEJUNKY
5.0 out of 5 stars Untimely Movie
This is one of the best pictures ever made. One of Gregory Pecks best performances and the kid!! oh man you got to see this. It is too bad that it has not been released on Blu-ray. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yearling
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It has such great moral lessons. I have watched it many times over the years and never tire of it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard A. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars "What does a man do when life knocks him about? Take it for his share...
Academy award nominations: Picture, Director-Clarence Brown, Film Editing, Leading Actor-Gregory Peck and Leading Actress-Jane Wyman. Read more
Published 7 months ago by March boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Can Argue?
This great classic is a must for the era. I reviewed it for our 7 year old granddaughter. The cinematography is good and so is the rest of it.
Published 8 months ago by Hopeful Mover
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