Rent How Green Was My Valley (1941)

3.8 of 5 from 91 ratings
1h 54min
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Sixty-year-old Huw Morgan looks back on his life as a boy (Roddy McDowall) in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of the closely knit Morgans, and his devoted parents (Donald Crisp, Sara Allgood), while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.
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Darryl Zanuck
Voiced By:
Irving Pichel
Philip Dunne, Richard Llewellyn
Arthur Miller, Nathan Juran, Richard Day, James B. Clark, Alfred Newman, Thomas Little, E. H. Hansen
20th Century Fox
Children & Family, Classics, Drama

1942 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

1942 Oscar Best Director

1942 Oscar Best Cinematography Black and White

1942 Oscar Best Art Direction Black and White

1942 Oscar Best Picture

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114 minutes
Czech, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Cast picture gallery
Release Date:
Run Time:
114 minutes
Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
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  • Audio Commentary by Actor Anna Lee Nathan and Film Historian Joseph McBride, Author of 'Searching for John Ford'
  • Hollywood Backstories Episode: How Green Was My Valley
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Fake views. - How Green Was My Valley review by RhysH

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"How Green Was My Valley" beat "Citizen Kane" for the 1941 best picture Oscar, I would love to have see Orson Wells's face at the award ceremony. Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn who claimed to be a Welsh miner's son born in St David's. He was in fact born in Hendon, London and his name was Vivian Lloyd.

The film gives a rather over sentimental picture of life in a 1940s Welsh mining village. The set was constructed in Malibu, California, even the chimney smoke looks carefully manufactured. The miner's cottage is spacious and well furnished. Maureen O'Hara as the miner's daughter is immaculate in hair and makeup and a dress for every occasion. The Sunday-suited men have walked straight out of the draper's catalogue. And of course the miners on their way to work start singing at the drop of a Davy lamp.

There are, however, beneath the unrealistic chocolate box lid some hard centres. The hypocrisy of some religious leaders; the class ridden, punitive education system; how a strike can divide families; how the death of one miner touches the whole community.

It is powerfully acted, particularly by Donald Crisp, the patriarch and Sara Allgood as his outspoken wife.

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