The Good Earth

The Good Earth
The Good Earth
  • UR
  • 2h 18m
  • 1937
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First came marriage, an arranged union of peasant farmer Wang Lung (Paul Muni) and kitchen slave O-Lan (Luise Rainer). Then, through poverty and wealth, family and betrayal, and war and pestilence, came love. From Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth combines Wang and O-Lan's story with a sweeping saga of China in upheaval. Muni and Rainer had both won 1936 Academy Awards®*, and Rainer repeated here with another Best Actress Oscar®*. The film also won for Best Cinematography – with camerawork most powerfully on display in the astonishing locust-plague sequence. Producer Irving Thalberg, known for combining literary prestige with commercial success, died during the production, and the film is dedicated to him.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

No harmful false note is struck.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

It's a typically lumbering, cautious, overblown Thalberg project, saved by Rainer's genuinely movi...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Frank S. Nugent

Once again Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has enriched the screen with a superb translation of a literary cla...

June 17, 2017
Chicago Reader
Pat Graham

Critical opinion has not been kind, but studio excavators may find much to admire.

June 16, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 1, 1937
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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