Jon Voight stars as a young Southerner who treks off to an isolated South Carolina island in 1969 for a teaching post, only to find the black children there uniformly illiterate and/or retarded. Through a combination of love and pedagogical razzmatazz, he opens their eyes to the wonders of yoga, Beethoven, Babe Ruth, Ho Chi Minh, and Halloween.

Jon Voight stars as a young Southerner who treks off to an isolated South Carolina island in 1969 for a teaching post, only to find the black children there uniformly illiterate and/or retarded. Through a combination of love and pedagogical razzmatazz, he opens their eyes to the wonders of yoga, Beethoven, Babe Ruth, Ho Chi Minh, and Halloween.

Some may resent the inadvertent white-liberal condescension evident in the initially one-dimensional portrait of the deprived youngsters. Others may be momentarily confused by the lack of explicit data – time, place, personal factors behind the teacher’s willingness to submerge obvious intellectual gifts in a backwoods community.

But few will totally resist the surefire appeal of this latest variation on Pygmalion mythology.

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Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Martin Ritt; Producer Martin Ritt, Harriet Frank Jr; Screenplay Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr; Camera John Alonzo; Editor Frank Bracht; Music John Williams;; Art Director Walter Scott Herndon

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Jon Voight Paul Winfield Madge Sinclair Tina Andrews Antonio Fargas Hume Cronyn
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