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The Marva Collins Story (1981)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 1 December 1981
In this touching story, a dedicated African-American teacher in an inner-city school in the midwestern United States facing tough odds helps ghetto children to succeed. Meanwhile, she faces... See full summary »

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Peter Levin
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Marva Collins
Morgan Freeman ... Clarence Collins
Rodrick F. Wimberly Rodrick F. Wimberly ... Martin Luther Jones (as Rodrick Wimberly)
Mashaune Hardy Mashaune Hardy ... Cindy Collins
Brett Bouldin Brett Bouldin ... Patrick Collins
Samuel Muhammad Jr. Samuel Muhammad Jr. ... Eric Collins
Dianne Kirksey ... Cynthia Rawls
Frankie Hill Frankie Hill ... Ida Banbower
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown ... Chester Boland
Marsha Warfield ... Lela Boland
Ce Ce Thompson Ce Ce Thompson ... Louise Jones
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Zay Smith
Mike Genovese ... Mardesich
Kelly Crosby Kelly Crosby ... Tina Boland
Tonda Leavy Tonda Leavy ... Clarissa Lester
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Storyline

In this touching story, a dedicated African-American teacher in an inner-city school in the midwestern United States facing tough odds helps ghetto children to succeed. Meanwhile, she faces an adversarial colleague and a principal who disapproves of her teaching methods. To top it off, a youth regularly messes up the classroom after school to tick the teacher off. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>, bentley3461@hotmail.com

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Marva Collins Story (#31.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Shortly after 1:05 minutes, she cites "Muy bien" as being French for "Very good", when, in fact, it is Spanish. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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I Want the Movie and Love It
15 September 2004 | by CedricLenoxSee all my reviews

I love the movie so much. Mrs. Tyeson play a great role.My favorite part when the girl told Marva I hate you then Marva said I love you. Also how she overcome the teachers and Principal who dislike her and the methods.Marva is my hero.She took the few students she have and made them stars. All teachers, school board members,and people who work with children need to watch this movie. The school system will be whole lot better if they use Marva Collins methods.This movie inspired me to use her teaching method to work with all children especially who has been written off in school system.The college of education needs to teach Marva Collins methods to new teachers.


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