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Mary White


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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Journalist William Allen White, the Pulitzer Prize-winning sage of Emporia, Kansas, lost his beloved 16-year-old daughter Mary when she was killed in a horseback-riding accident in 1921. The grieving White then wrote a newspaper editorial celebrating his daughter's life, which he printed in his own Emporia Gazette and which has since attained classic status. The made-for-TV Mary White uses the editorial as a reference point for a series of flashbacks, recalling Mary's last year on earth. The events are put in context with the social temper of the times, as both father and daughter fight against such exigencies as segregation and in favor of Women's Suffrage. Ed Flanders plays White, while Kathleen Beller is seen as Mary, and Fionnuala Flannagan portrays Mrs. White. Refreshingly free of phony sentimentality, the moving, inspirational Mary White premiered on November 18, 1977 SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, ...Mary White

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A film well worth watching 25 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't think of any reason to take a star away from this film. Perhaps it requires a certain audience but that is easily selected by reading William Allen White's editorial written following his daughter's death. It inspired the movie. The Kansas State Historical Society has posted the editorial on their web site. Just look for Mary White in their index. If you find the editorial appealing, then you will enjoy the film.
Mary White lived from 1904 to 1921. You learn of her untimely death a few minutes into the movie. The story focuses on her vibrant life. Inasmuch as it deals with her death, the film is touching but stays well clear of being a tear-jerker. It's charming as a period piece and accurately portrays the era. It was filmed in the locale of Emporia, Kansas where Mary White lived, enhancing the authenticity. The script is well written. The dialogue rings true; it's often witty and occasionally brilliant. The casting and the acting are superb. You enjoy spending time with these people. The music serves the story well, never overpowering it but setting the tone nicely.
I think William Allen White would have been pleased with this faithful film rendition of his written tribute to his daughter. You do get to know, in the father's words, "the glowing, gorgeous, fervent soul of her". At the end of the movie, I wanted to watch it again to bring her back to life.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful family film 6 Oct 2010
By Baby Boomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
William Allen White was a well-known Kansas editor and author in the early years of the 20th century. His daughter, Mary, was killed in a horse-riding accident in 1921, shortly before her 17th birthday. Most of White's writings have faded into obscurity, but his editorial about Mary lives on. Mary never hesitated to speak up against social and racial injustice. She wanted to be known as a person in her own right, not as the daughter of a famous man.

The movie depicts the last year of Mary's life. Certain facts were changed -- Mary was a high school junior at the time of her death, not a senior -- but her essential story remains the same. She reached out to those less fortunate, often ignoring the social rules of her time. Her impulsiveness caused trouble at school and home, but her father stood behind her. Mary's mother felt it was time for her to grow up, and they frequently clashed. But the overall picture is of a nurturing, loving family.

The movie was filmed on location in Emporia, Kansas. The actual White home, "Red Rocks," is featured. An interesting fact is that at the time of Mary's death, the Whites were living elsewhere in town. A fire earlier that year destroyed Red Rock's upper story. The Whites had already planned a major renovation of the house. After Mary's death, her mother insisted that the restoration of Mary's bedroom go on as planned. Before and after pictures of Red Rocks show the house as it was when Mary lived there. It is now open to the public.

Look closely, and you can spot a window air conditioner in the scene where Mary drives to school.

This movie is suitable for all ages, and may spark interest in learning more about the lives of Mary and her family. Mary now has her own Facebook page, featuring several previously-unpublished photos.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
awsome and thought provoking 3 Mar 2013
By MastersHand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The edition of this film i saw was part of a pack of family films, 8 in all, bought from walmart for 5 dollars. I was pleasantly surprised by the film. I had never heard of the Whites, in spite of the fact I like Teddy Roosevelt. I certainly had never heard of this film. But my eyes were presented with a jewel of unprecedented and inspiring beauty. This is the story of a young Girl and her father who, just by being themselves, set out to change the world. And mybe, just maybe, they did. This is a quality film, they litteraly do not make them like this any more, but maybe they should. It takes the unusual point of view of having W.A. White- the Dad- Talk directly to the camera in a confessional style, sort of reminiscent of reality tv, but better. As if you the viewer are actually in the town as a visitor in his life. this is normally only done in travel logs, not biogrophys. So he is not just a voiceover, he is telling you the story straight up.
And the camera does not flinch at the death. The fact it starts that way, while removing the shock, allows the viewer the strength to not worry about that scene till almost the end, so that this becomes about her life, not her death. And what a life. And the actors are all top notch, giving the kind of performances that remind you of frank capera, without feeling dated. which is ironic for a a story about the 1920s filmed in the late 1970s. It feels sort of timeless. That is such an overused word, but for this film, it is almost literally true. After watching the film, I then was inspired to look up more info online about the story. Loved this movie. Wow.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
'mary white' video 19 May 2012
By john snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I would recommend the "mary white' movie to anyone who wants to know about one of the great journalistic essays ever written.

William Allen White, the legendary journalist from Kansas, lost his daughter when she was just 16. His essay about her death remains one of the top newspaper columns ever written.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Offers White's reflections on his last year with Mary as they together fought against racial segregation and for women's rights 16 Nov 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
MARY WHITE is perfect for families with kids: it comes from a father who lost his teen daughter to a horseback-riding accident in 1921, and who celebrated her life with a newspaper editorial. MARY WHITE became a TV film and here offers White's reflections on his last year with Mary as they together fought against racial segregation and for women's rights.
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