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The Good Earth

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Sidney Franklin

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About the Movie

Oscar-winner Paul Muni ("I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang") stars in this Oscar-winning epic adaptation of the Pearl Buck classic about Chinese farmers battling the elements to survive. Co-star Luise Rainer ("The Great Ziegfeld") won an Oscar as Muni's patient wife. Nominated for Best Picture and Director.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Once again Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has enriched the screen with a superb translation of a literary classic. – Frank S. Nugent, New York Times, Jan 23, 2009

Fresh: No harmful false note is struck. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Epic in scope, though intimate in effect. – Dan Jardine, Slant Magazine, Aug 10, 2010

Fresh: It's a typically lumbering, cautious, overblown Thalberg project, saved by Rainer's genuinely moving, Oscar-winning portrayal of Chinese peasantry, and by an immensely spectacular storm of locusts. – Time Out, Jan 23, 2009

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful Adaptation!

This is a wonderful adaptation of Pearl Buck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Doubtful that they could get away with casting non-Asian actors as the leads today, but that doesn't take away from the wonderful performances of these actors. A beautiful story and wonderfully done.

The Good Earth

When I first saw this movie, I was rather surprised as to how similar the movie was to the book. Not only that, I really love the amount of drama being put into the characters. As though they were actually real people. Plus, this movie really does bring out the message well that we should all take for granted what it is we already have and love. That I think is something even we Americans should learn. Of course the book did a good job with that also. To me, I believe this movie shall from now and forever be a timeless classic.


Amazing movie!

The Good Earth
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1937

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