Not as Good As The Book But Still Worth Seeing
, 20 Jan. 2014
This review is from: God's Little Acre [DVD]  (DVD)
Having read the book and really enjoyed it, I was very interested to see the film. The book was written in 1933 by Erskine Caldwell. It was extremely racy for that period and had plenty of press accordingly. Of course, compared to today it is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact, it's pretty tame.
The black & white film, which came out in 1958, has a slightly different storyline than the book; the ending is entirely different. An awful lot of the racy bits and dialogue are excluded completely, though the gals do plenty of smouldering, pouting and teasing.
Nevertheless, the acting is first class from all the cast and the storyline is fine, even if they are a bit of a strange bunch in terms of their affections toward each other. The star for me is Robert Ryan who puts in a sterling performance of Ty Ty Walden
The film is still well worth a watch and is quite witty in places as well. Pluto Swint (Buddy Hackett) is the comic figure and he does a fine job. The three women in the plot are all real good looking gals; you can see why Ty Ty is so proud of um.
The film is an `OK' for me whilst the book packed a punch - I very much preferred the book, but I wouldn't put anyone off spending a couple of hours watching this film as it's harmless and enjoyable enough, if nowhere near a classic.
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