How Green Was My Valley

Directed By: John Ford Starring: Walter Pidgeon Maureen O'Hara

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A sixty-year-old man who looks back on his life in a welsh mining town.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40175592
UPC 024543060734
UPC 14 00024543060734
Format DVD
Release Date 3/2/2004
Rating NR
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Social Issues
Editors Note
Note In John Ford's HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY, Huw Morgan, now a middle-aged man leaving the mining town of Cwm Rhondda, recalls the events that most impressed themselves upon his younger self (Roddy McDowall). His first memories are of the marriage of his brother, Ivor (Patric Knowles), and the burgeoning romance of his sister, Angharad (Maureen O'Hara), and the new preacher, Mr. Gruffydd (Walter Pidgeon). Still too young to work in the local coal mine like his father, Gwilym (Donald Crisp), and his five older brothers, he senses the seriousness of an imminent strike by the rift it creates between his father and the other boys when three of them move out of the family abode. During the tensions of the strike, Huw saves his mother (Sara Allgood) from drowning and in so doing loses the use of his legs. As Gruffydd aids in Huw's recovery, insisting on a positive attitude, he suggests that it is only the first of many trials the boy will have to face. ^Richard Llewellyn's nostalgic novel, with its Fordian themes of family and community, could hardly have found a better director. While the acting and writing are excellent, this is truly Ford's film, one in which his brilliantly chosen groupings and compositions are the most expressive elements. Possibly the most moving film of Ford's career, HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY received five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
USA Today "...Topically relevant and emotionally overwhelming..." 06/16/1992 p.6D
John Ford
Walter Pidgeon
Maureen O'Hara
Cast & Crew
Donald Crisp - Actor
Roddy McDowall - Actor
Walter Pidgeon - Actor
Maureen O'Hara - Actor
Richard Llewellyn - Based on Novel By
Gwen Wakeling - Costume Designer
John Ford - Director
Arthur C. Miller - Director of Photography
James B. Clark - Editor
Alfred Newman - Musical Score
Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Philip Dunne - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1941
Catalog ID 2006073
UPC 00024543060734
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1942) Richard Day, et al., Winner, Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-And-White,Arthur C. Miller, Winner, Best Cinematography, Black-And-White,John Ford, Winner, Best Director,Darryl F. Zanuck, Winner, Best Picture,Donald Crisp, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,James B. Clark, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Alfred Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring Of A Dramatic Picture,Edmund H. Hansen, Nominee, Best Sound, Recording,Sara Allgood, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Philip Dunne, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Moving drama from Richard Llewellyn's story of Welsh coal miners, centering on Crisp's large, close-knit family. Beautifully filmed, lovingly directed.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review Compelling story of the trials and tribulations of a Welsh mining family, from the youthful perspective of the youngest child (played by a 13-year old [Roddy] McDowall). Considered by many to be director [John] Ford's finest work.
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Pidgeon,Walter
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin Beautifully filmed, lovingly directed...
The New York Times Possesses great beauty, great charm and character.

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