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      So Big

      1953 1h 41m Drama List
      Reviews 70% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings When her father dies, penniless Selina (Jane Wyman) takes a job teaching in a small Dutch farming community close to Chicago. After marrying Pervis DeJong (Sterling Hayden), the musically inclined Selina encourages the artistic temperament of their son Dirk (Steve Forrest). Though Dirk grows up with a strong interest in architecture, he pursues a sales career for the money instead. Disappointed, Selina takes comfort in her surrogate son Roelf (Walter Coy), who grows up to be a famous composer. Read More Read Less

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      Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Jane Wyman's intelligent acting helps somewhat in galvanizing Hollywood's third filming of Edna Ferber's mother-love saga Nov 5, 2019 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) It remains engrossing in a film that is often cloying, and that smears realistic scenes with fancy speeches. Mar 26, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Loved as a 9 year-old. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review ashley h So Big is a remarkable film. It is about Selina who takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland after the death of her father. Jane Wyman and Sterling Harding give amazing performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Robert Wise did a great job directing this move. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. So Big is a must see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member this is the third version of this story Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I've never been a fan of Jane Wyman, with her chimpy face and stern demeanor. But she's way better in this adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel than Barbara Stanwyck, whom I adore. I don't like Sterling Hayden at all, but his role is brief, and he's appropriately wooden and ox-like. This version makes ridiculous changes to the story. I would love to see a proper adaptation of this. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Robert Wise directs this Edna Ferber soaper about a schoolteacher-turned-farmer fighting to save her land and her son. It's a soaper for sure, but it's a pretty good one. Jane Wyman is good in the lead, as is Sterling Hayden as her husband. The film also features Nancy Olson in a small role, who I've always liked and thought should have been a bigger star. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When her father dies, penniless Selina (Jane Wyman) takes a job teaching in a small Dutch farming community close to Chicago. After marrying Pervis DeJong (Sterling Hayden), the musically inclined Selina encourages the artistic temperament of their son Dirk (Steve Forrest). Though Dirk grows up with a strong interest in architecture, he pursues a sales career for the money instead. Disappointed, Selina takes comfort in her surrogate son Roelf (Walter Coy), who grows up to be a famous composer.
      Director
      Robert Wise
      Producer
      Henry Blanke
      Screenwriter
      John Twist
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 41m