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The Corn is Green (1979)
A strong-willed teacher, determined to educate the poor and illiterate youth of an impoverished Welsh village, discovers one student whom she believes to have the seeds of genius in him.
Katharine Hepburn ... Miss Lilly Moffat
Ian Saynor ... Morgan Evans
Bill Fraser ... The Squire
Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Watty
Anna Massey ... Miss Ronberry
Artro Morris ... John Goronwy Jones
Dorothea Phillips ... Sarah Pugh
Toyah Willcox ... Bessie Watty
Huw Richards ... Idwal
Bryn Fôn ... Robbart
Dyfan Roberts ... Gwyn
Robin John ... Ivor
One of the great Kate's best performances of her later years. I liked the Bette Davis version very much, but Hepburn does so much more in the character. The story is hopeful and the ending not "pat". The characters are fleshed out nicely and the direction is truly fine. I am a big fan of Katherine Hepburn and she truly comes alive in this character. The supporting cast manage not to be overwhelmed by their leading lady's performance and round out their characters as I believe the author intended them to evolve. I find it sad that really good made for television movies are dismissed out of hand and forgotten so easily, there are so very FEW of them, but the GOOD ones deserve a place in film history.
This is every bit as sentimental as the earlier film starring Bette Davis, but there are delightful performances, all around, considerable fun, and it is especially enjoyable to compare the Davis film with this "remake." Like Davis, Hepburn never really loses the give-away American accent, but (perhaps because both were actresses of such powerful and forceful stubbornness and drive), they both are utterly convincing as little old spinsters who can transform villages and lives, charm idiot nobility, and single-handedly prepare an ignorant coal-miner for a career at a great university. I found Saynor an engaging and deeply appealing Morgan Evans, and thought that bad little Bessie and her shenanigans were much easier to believe in this version.
My take on it is that if you enjoy a sentimental story like this, and certainly if you enjoy the old Davis film, then you'll have a good time with this one, as well, and you'll find that each version has its charms for you.
If nothing else, it's a remake that neither detracts from, nor is dwarfed by, its predecessor.
* The scene in which Katharine Hepburn's character is riding up a hill on a bicycle was intended to be shot with a stunt double, but Hepburn insisted on doing it herself. After falling off the bicycle several times, however, she overheard a crewmember say, "God, she got old." She approached the man and said, "You're right. I have." Hepburn then signaled for the stunt double to take over, and went back to her hotel.