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Time Out says

Ritt's taste for significant subjects and some heavy underlining of his themes is confirmed by this tale of a white, hip, long-haired, anti-Vietnam war teacher who takes a backwoods assignment which lands him in a one-room black school where he confronts ignorance and deprivation of a depth he had never dreamed existed. Mercifully, the potentially dubious aspects of the subject are mostly exorcised, in part by a strong script (adapted from the book by real-life teacher Pat Conroy), but largely by the engaging and persuasive performance Ritt draws from Voight (equally convincingly backed by the mainly juvenile cast). Conrack treads a line perilously close to Sounder, but avoids that film's mawkish contrivance.
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Release Details

  • Duration:106 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Martin Ritt
  • Screenwriter:Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr
  • Cast:
    • Jon Voight
    • Paul Winfield
    • Hume Cronyn
    • Madge Sinclair
    • Tina Andrews
    • Antonio Fargas
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