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Director  Martin Ritt
Music director  John Williams
Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United States
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Writer  Pat Conroy, novel, Harriet Frank, Jr.
Release date  March 27, 1974 (1974-03-27)
Awards  BAFTA United Nations Award
Cast  Jon Voight (Pat Conroy), Paul Winfield (Mad Billy), Madge Sinclair (Mrs. Scott (school principal)), Tina Andrews (Mary), Antonio Fargas (Quickfellow), Ruth Attaway (Edna)
Similar movies  Jurassic World, Self/less, Django Unchained, Mission: Impossible II, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles
Tagline  One beautiful man. His true story

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Conrack is a 1974 DeLuxe Color film in Panavision based on the 1972 autobiographical book The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Jon Voight in the title role, alongside Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Hume Cronyn and Antonio Fargas. The film was released by 20th Century Fox on March 27, 1974.


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The novel was remade as The Water Is Wide (2006 film), a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie starring Jeff Hephner.

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The story follows a young teacher, Pat Conroy (played by Jon Voight), in 1969 assigned to isolated "Yamacraw Island" off the coast of South Carolina and populated mostly by poor black families. He finds out that the children as well as the adults have been isolated from the rest of the world and speak a dialect called Gullah, with "Conrack" of the novel's title being the best they can do to pronounce his last name. The school has only two rooms for all grades combined, with the Principal (Madge Sinclair) teaching grades one through four and Conroy teaching the higher grades. Conroy discovers that the students aren't taught much and will have little hope of making a life in the larger world.

Conroy tries to teach them about the outside world but comes into conflict both with the principal and Mr. Skeffington (Hume Cronyn), the superintendent. This comes to a head when he takes them to Beaufort on the mainland to go trick-or-treating, which the superintendent has forbidden. He also must overcome parental fears of "the river." As a result, he's fired. As he leaves the island for the last time, the children come out to see him leave, bringing along a record player on which they play the beginning movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as he leaves.

This film was shot in and around Brunswick, Georgia and used pupils from C.B. Greer Elementary school as the cast of students.


  • Jon Voight as Pat Conroy
  • Paul Winfield as Mad Billy
  • Madge Sinclair as Mrs. Scott (school principal)
  • Tina Andrews as Mary
  • Antonio Fargas as Quickfellow
  • Ruth Attaway as Edna
  • James O'Rear as Postman
  • Gracia Lee as Mrs. Sellers
  • C.P. MacDonald as Mr. Ryder
  • Jane Moreland as Mrs. Webster
  • Thomas Horton as Judge
  • Nancy Butler as Mrs. Ryder
  • Robert W. Page as Mr. Spaulding
  • Hume Cronyn as Mr. Skeffington (school superintendent)
  • Mac Arthur Nelson as Mac
  • Kathyrn Turner as Katt
  • Critical reception

    The film received a primarily positive response upon its release and currently has a "Fresh" score of 88% on reviewing site, Rotten Tomatoes. It has never been released on DVD though it remains available through other means, such as VHS as well as online streaming. Twilight Time has announced a Blu-ray release of this title on March 10, 2014.


    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2006: AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers – Nominated
  • Tommy Tedesco played guitar on the introduction theme.


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