Johnny Belinda

Johnny Belinda

DVD - 2006
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Life is hard on MacDonald farm in stony, windswept Nova Scotia - and harder for young Belinda, a deaf mute whose affliction has been confused with mental deficiency
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781419817137
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Johnny 2006
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Not rated
Alternative Title: Little archer


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Aug 18, 2016

This is a 1948 American drama directed by Jean Negulesco, based on the 1940 Broadway stage hit of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.
The story is based on an actual incident that happened near Harris's summer residence in Fortune Bridge, Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island.
The film dramatizes the consequences of spreading lies and rumors, and the horror of rape.
It is a tragic story, but the film ends with a profoundly heart-warming bliss.

Depressing! Depressing! Depressing!

Well, I, for one, don't much care whether actress Jane Wyman did win an Oscar for her "Best Actress" performance here in this film, or not - I still rate Johnny Belinda as one of the most sordid and deeply depressing pictures that I've ever seen, bar none.

This film's story is so relentlessly despairing from start to finish, that I can't possibly imagine how anyone could ever consider this as entertainment. I mean, I certainly wasn't in the least bit "entertained" by this one's story.

The fact that Johnny Belinda's story was based on a real-life incident doesn't help matters much at all, either. In fact, from my perspective, it makes matters much worse when one realizes that, yes, people really are this horribly awful to one another in real life, as well.

19 year-old Belinda MacDonald is an extremely shy deaf-mute who, being a victim of circumstance, has very little self-esteem. Belinda lives with her dirt-poor father and aunt in a run-down, little dwelling on the outskirts of a small, isolated, fishing village, some miles away from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

One dreadful day, while wandering around aimlessly near the woods, Belinda is attacked and, yes, savagely raped by a brutish, local fisherman named Rocky McCormick.

If you want to find out what happens next, see this movie for yourself. But, I'll tell ya - Johnny Belinda's oppressively bleak story is truly an ugly one.

This picture's cast may be strong, but this, alone, just isn't sufficient enough to pull this one's wretched story out of the mire and muck of a "real-life" human tragedy. It's hard to imagine that a film of this sort was actually made in 1948.

Jun 16, 2014

Jane Wyman plays a wonderful role of Belinda, a deaf mute, living in a small fishing village. The towns people do not understand the disability and are sometimes cruel to her. Jane Wyman shows the strength needed to carry on alone with so much against her. This is a love story and a good one. Five Stars for a great performance by Jane Wyman!


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