How Green Was My Valley
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How Green Was My Valley
Spanning 50 years, director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley revolves around the life of the Morgans, a Welsh mining family, as told through the eyes of its youngest child Huw (Roddy McDowall). Over the years, the family struggles to survive through unionization, strikes, and child abuse. As they do so, their hometown and its culture begins to slowly decline. Donald Crisp portrays Gwilym, the patriarch of the Morgan household, who dreams of a better life for young Huw. Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley won five Academy Awards in 1941,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The acting is strong, and Arthur Miller's Oscar-winning photography gives the images a spooky luster, but a little bit of Ford's salt-of-the-earth piety goes an awfully long way."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Expert performances from Donald Crisp, Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, and a host of brilliant character actors enhance a magnificent movie experience."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"This is precisely the kind of movie that gave Hollywood film-making dignity and supremacy in its heyday."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"This John Huston film [is] typically epic with a faithful screenplay to Richard Llewellyn's famous novel."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Emotionally effective if also sentimental evocation of working class life in a Welsch mining community, reaffirming John Ford's populist ideology and strong belief in the family as society's most important institution"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the most slab-sided of moviegoers."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An elegant and eloquent film, nevertheless, even if the characteristically laconic Fordian poetry seems more contrived here."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A screen version of such a book is a bold project, but Darryl Zanuck as producer and John Ford as director have succeeded in capturing to a remarkable degree the atmosphere of the novel."
‑ Anthony Bower, The Nation
"A complex account of family life and strife that takes in traumas, hardships, romances, conflicts and the odd happy moment without ever sentimentalizing or becoming unbelievable."
‑ , Film4
"Life in the working class generally determines where your life will lead. A young boy with the chance to break out realizes where his future is supposed to be."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"How Green Was My Valley is one of the year's better films, a sure-fire critic's picture and, unlike most features that draw kudos from crix, this one will also do business."
‑ Abel Green, Variety
"You can never expect to see a film more handsomely played."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Beat out the much superior Citizen Kane for the Oscar for Best Picture."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Its] moralizing is dishonest and at times offensive. No matter how effectively a story is told, it's hard to buy into one that so often deceives its audience."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"The tough, but highly sentimental John Ford was one of the few great cinema artists who was appreciated in his time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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