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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Released Jul 28, 1939 1h 54m Drama List
84% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Young schoolteacher Charles Edward Chipping (Robert Donat) imposes strict discipline on his young charges at a Victorian-era English public school, becoming a fearsome presence on the campus grounds. But the love of spirited young suffragette Katherine Ellis (Greer Garson) brings the Latin instructor out of his shell and makes him a beloved campus institution into the 20th century and through the shattering violence of World War I. The film is based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton. Read More Read Less
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Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films The original inspirational-teacher story, and a beloved valentine to classical education, tradition, and the English public boarding schools of a bygone era. Rated: A- Mar 26, 2004 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy This earned Robert Donat the Oscar for Best Actor -- a significant victory considering his competition included Gone With the Wind’s Clark Gable, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’s James Stewart, and Wuthering Heights’ Laurence Olivier. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 18, 2023 Full Review Christopher James AwardsCircuit.com The basic heart behind "Goodbye Mr. Chips" really resonates. We need teachers who care about their students and care about the institution of learning. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 15, 2019 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy Robert Donat at the peak of his skills... as moving today as it was upon its premiere. Rated: 8/10 May 24, 2009 Full Review Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers Inspirational, touching, classic work with Robert Donat's Oscar winning performance. Rated: 5/5 Feb 20, 2007 Full Review Betsy Bozdech DVDJournal.com Earnest, sweet, and charming, 1939's Goodbye, Mr. Chips is one of those classic films that falls under the category of 'they just don't make 'em like they used to.' Rated: 3/4 Oct 29, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Connor S Splendidly done story of the impact that a teacher, in any sense of the word, can have on so many generations. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/08/24 Full Review Leaburn O A fairly dry and predictable piece that sentimentalises an old teacher who becomes an institution at a British public school. The character has one great romance and tragedy and that aside there's not much to see here. Made it into the BFI top 100 list. Bought on DVD as not on TV or streaming. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Mary R Sometimes I watch old movies like this to make me feel good about myself. I feel like I deserve some kind of a medal for sitting through them. This one is a sheer joy every time I've seen it. I put down the book, the phone, everything. It is charming and heartwarming. Robert Donat gives a tour de force performance, and who doesn't love Greer GarsonGarson? You'll cry, cry, cry, and you'll love every minute of it. In any other year, it would have won the academy award. But this was 1939. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/15/23 Full Review Georgan G This plot is so juvenile that I can't believe people fell for it even in the era it appeared. Mr. Chips was so shy he could barely speak until the perfect woman came along who gave him confidence. I'm a crier if a plot touches my heart but this was too goofy. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Mark A A classic. Robert Donat is wonderful. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/03/23 Full Review Sara J P O'Toole gives a damn great performance and one of my favorites. It reminds me of my years in private school. It touched my heart strings. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/28/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Young schoolteacher Charles Edward Chipping (Robert Donat) imposes strict discipline on his young charges at a Victorian-era English public school, becoming a fearsome presence on the campus grounds. But the love of spirited young suffragette Katherine Ellis (Greer Garson) brings the Latin instructor out of his shell and makes him a beloved campus institution into the 20th century and through the shattering violence of World War I. The film is based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton.
Director
Sam Wood
Producer
Victor Saville
Screenwriter
R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 28, 1939, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 5, 2012
Runtime
1h 54m
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