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60 Ratings

The Good Earth

United States, 1937
Drama, Romance


The story of a Chinese farming couple whose lives are torn apart by poverty, greed, and nature.

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The Good Earth Directed by Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machatý, Sam Wood

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1938 | 2 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1938 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1937 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

The Good Earth is at times a vividly realized melodrama of famine and revolution in pre–World War II China, and Rainer is expressive in her quiet fortitude—indeed it is often a silent performance. Yet it’s difficult to get past her basic pantomime today; partly because she is so reserved, her makeup often becomes the main attraction, from her taped-back eyes to her mud-caked skin to the aging effects in the film’s second half.
April 15, 2013
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The movie is a dazzling piece of old-style filmmaking, the definition of the sort of epic we shall not see again, and at times it is very moving, due in large part to Rainer’s performance.
January 01, 2006
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