After making her way to China to become a missionary, an English parlor maid (Bergman) wins the heart of a Eurasian colonel (Curt Jurgens) and the respect of the local Mandarin (Robert Donat). But her greatest accomplishment is leading 100 homeless children to safety across enemy-held terrain during Japan's invasion of China. Adapted from the novel "The Small Woman" about the true-life story of Gladys Aylward, this powerfully poignant film is inspiring entertainment from beginning to end.
Well done drama based on the life of missionary Gladys Aylward who led a group of children through perilous 1930's China. Robert Donat gives a particularly fine performance as a Mandarin in this, his final film. Based on "The Small Woman" by Alan Burgess. Academy Award Nominations: Best Director.
Based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a British maid who became a missionary in China. As the hostile Chinese begin to trust her -- and even a powerful mandarin converts to Christianity -- there is one more difficult task for her to accomplish: to guide 100 children through enemy territory and into safety during the Chinese-Japanese war.
Tear Jerker |
Theatrical Release |
True Story |
Filmed in Cinemascope.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
FoxVideo VHS (Catalog #1170) includes original theatrical trailer and rare Movietone news footage.