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Blossoms in the Dust

Released Jul 25, 1941 1h 40m Biography List
33% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 69% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Edna Gladney lost her son when he was very young. By chance she discovered the injustice within the law towards children whose parents are unknown, and decided to open an orphanage for these children, despite the stigma. She fought against the unfair laws that discriminated against children born out of wedlock. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Variety Staff Variety Result is a sentimentally sugary flavor which also extends over the romantic portions of the film. There is no comedy relief. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Tom Milne Time Out Pretty Technicolor, but the tearjerking is shameless. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times With lovely Greer Garson playing the leading role, the spirit of the story is maintained on a level generally above its frequent insipid spots. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Elena de la Torre Cine-Mundial A magnificent movie made from the biography of this exemplary lady (Edna Gladney). [Full review in Spanish] Sep 19, 2019 Full Review TV Guide It was a noble deed and a noble effort to make a biography about a woman who was virtually unknown outside Texas, but the picture was long, overly teary, and didn't excite too many people at the box office, although it did make money. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 31, 2012 Full Review David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Littered with stilted melodrama, wooden dialogue, and over-the-top courtroom showdowns. Rated: 2/5 Dec 11, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Mark B Syrupy, Melodramatic, and really without any redeeming qualities. I have to remember that in 1941, a COLOR film, with an all-star cast, a huge wardrobe budget, expansive production design, and state-of-the-art cinematography (the crane shot following Greer Garson up the stairs would be impressive today) was enough to get a Best Picture nod. Took me a while to find this one as a stream -- wasn't really worth the effort. Glad it's over. #447 films remaining on my "See all BP Nominees" Bucket List. *added later: Didn't realize it was based on a real person. Makes it a little more tolerable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/02/24 Full Review david l Blossoms in the Dust deals with an inspirational figure and message as it tackles an issue rarely portrayed in movies of the period. Greer Garson entirely steals the show with an outstanding central performance. But others were inferior, the movie is badly paced and it felt obviously manipulative in its intentions to make audiences cry with some overly manufactured melodramatic plot points. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this movie, Everyone in the movie played their part very well. My only upsetting thing about the movie was some awful music at certain times in the movie. the lady who ran the orphans home had an african american man and woman who worked for her helping take care of the children. And in several scenes (that were not comedy scenes) when one of the black actors came in the scene they started playing awful banjo music like you might see in a movie about slavery. The people were not servants, they were not playing comedic characters and i found it very offensive. I cant believe greer garsen or any of the other prominent actors didnt protest till they removed that awful out of place music. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Steve D Shameless tearjerker with little to recommend. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/04/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked it a lot. The movie does move thru things fast, but it only has 2 hours to explain the enormous work on adoption this woman did. Since it moves fast, you don't get bored either, but some things could've been delved a bit deeper. Some of the story is fictitious, but a lot of it is true like her work at the orphanage, getting bills past, and her husband dying. I thought the lead actress did a great job. It's a tearjerker for sure. I can't believe how they treated orphans. Bless this lil Texan lady!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review rose a I love this movie it is very moving and Greer is always a great actress. I don't see how anyone wouldn't love this movie. I guess if you are very young and all you want to see is ACTION movies. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Edna Gladney lost her son when he was very young. By chance she discovered the injustice within the law towards children whose parents are unknown, and decided to open an orphanage for these children, despite the stigma. She fought against the unfair laws that discriminated against children born out of wedlock.
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Irving Asher
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 25, 1941, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 40m
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