How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley
How Green Was My Valley
  • NR
  • 1h 59m
  • 1941
Certified Fresh90%
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In this beloved classic, a sixty-year-old looks back on his life as a boy (Roddy McDowall) during the turn of the last century in a small Welsh coal-mining town. As he recalls family dreams, struggles and triumphs, he also remembers the changes to the labor force brought on by industrialization in this acclaimed story that also stars Donald Crisp, Sara Allgood, Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pidgeon.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: Though it perhaps strays into overly maudlin territory, this working-class drama is saved by a solid cast and director John Ford's unmistakeable style.
New Yorker
Richard Brody

Captures an idyll of youth that has been lost to the corrosive practices of modern business.

June 25, 2017
New York Daily News
Kate Cameron

One of the outstanding film productions of the year.

June 25, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Ty Burr

The acting is strong, and Arthur Miller's Oscar-winning photography gives the images a spooky lust...

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
James Agee

Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the...

January 24, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sentimental classic still tugs at the heartstrings.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that How Green Was My Valley is a gentle, quiet, black-and-white 1941 masterpiece directed by John Ford. It's about a large family of Welsh miners at the turn of the last century, and it touches on many of life's ups and downs. Lots of positive messages and strong themes about family and community bonds, and about how people and places change over good times and bad. A few fist fights show bloodied faces afterward. A cruel teacher verbally bullies and beats a child with a cane. Some scariness from falling through ice and a mine collapse. Important characters die. The content is fine for all ages, but it's not likely to hold the interest of kids younger than tweens.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:October 28, 1941
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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