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The Green Pastures
The Green Pastures
Actors: Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Adelaide Hall, The Nicholas Brothers, The 3 Whippets
Directors: Marc Connelly, Roy Mack, William Keighley
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, African American Cinema
NR     2006     1hr 33min

"You gotta git your minds fixed," the rural preacher tells Sunday School children. And the best way to do that fixin' is from Old Testament stories narrated by the preacher, played by a black cast, backed by the joyful gos...  more »


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Actors: Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Adelaide Hall, The Nicholas Brothers, The 3 Whippets
Directors: Marc Connelly, Roy Mack, William Keighley
Creators: Marc Connelly, A. Dorian Otvos, Cyrus Wood, Roark Bradford, Sheridan Gibney
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Classics, Musicals, African American Cinema
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/10/2006
Original Release Date: 06/22/1935
Theatrical Release Date: 06/22/1935
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Glory ... glory
Alwyn L. Featherston | Durham, NC United States | 02/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I admit the first time I saw this film, my skin crawled just a little bit at the accents and stereotypes -- Heaven is a perpetual fish fry!

But as the film progressed and the simple, beautiful vision plays out, it's like the stories triumphs over all the 1930s Hollywood prejudice and takes us places few other films ever seem to approach.

Just to clarify the story ... it's supposed to be how one of the black children, hearing the story of Genesis for the first time, envisions it by placing all the Biblical characters in his or her environment. It's charming and funny and just a fine simple entertainment with some wonderful authentic gospel music ... and then ...

... and then Rex Ingram as "Da Lawd" visits earth to find out why men keep praying to him when he's long ago forsaken them. He meets a soldier named Hezdrel (Rex Ingram in another role) who explains how mankind as discoved mercy ... then he marches off to his death, leaving God standing there, stunned by the lesson he has just learned!

Suddenly, it's not funny or sweet any more but a powerful statement of faith ... a faith that overcomes the worst of Hollywood's prejudices and always leaves me gasping for breath as the scene in Heaven dissolves back to the Sunday School class and into one of the greatest single shots in movie history.

This is a great and powerful movie ... and like so many other posters here, I'm begging for somebody to bring it out in DVD ... preferably somebody like Criterion, which would do it right."
Watch This Before You Die!
S. Francis | United States of America | 12/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an absolute must see film. As with all art forms there are masterpieces that should be experienced by as many people as possible and missed by as few as possible. This is one of them. It is one of a kind. You will never see anything even remotely aproaching it's unique apeal. Everyone I know who has seen this movie has a different specific reaction, but generally speaking, it has made them all smile in the remembrance of it. And I can think of no higher praise for a movie than that. Don't miss it."
Has You Been Redeemed?
Eddie Finn | 07/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This awe-inspiring film has been one of my favorites since childhood, when I watched it on a Sunday morning that I was too sick to go to church (or did the Devil get in me? ). Full of humor and precious moments, wonderful performances, and simply amazing theatre-like staging; I've grown to appreciate this movie more and more as I get older. The all-black cast rises far above the stereotypes which so easily could have ruined the film, interestingly by seeming to apply the powerful lessons of humility and loving obedience which De Lawd expects. The memorable scenes are too numerous to record, ranging from the powerful (De Lawd, in plantation-owner finery, strolling through heaven, chanting "Has you been redeemed? Has you been baptized?...") to the hilarious (the angel Gabriel, putting his lips to the horn, as he anticipates De Lawd's wrath). A wonderful family film."
One Of The Best Movies Ever Made
Media Guru | Daytona Beach, FL | 09/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great movie! It's the Bible colorfully told and trust me, the laughs keep coming. You won't be disappointed. You'll want to watch it over and over again. Which brings me to this question: When can we get this on DVD?"