Anna Christie

Synopsis: In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson telling that she will leave Minnesota to stay with him. Chris left Anna fifteen years ago to the countryside to be raised by relatives in a farm in St. Paul and he has never visited his daughter. Anna Christie arrives and she is a wounded woman with a hidden dishonorable past since she had worked for two years in a brothel to survive. She moves to the barge to live with her father and one night, Chris rescues the sailor Matt and two other fainted sailors from the sea. Soon Anna and Matt fall in love with each other and Anna has the best days of her life. But when Matt proposes to marry her, she is reluctant and also haunted by her past. Matt insists and Anna opens her heart to Matt and to her father disclosing the darks secrets of her past.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Clarence Brown
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win.
89 min

I don't get letter from Anna,|must be year.

That's a fine fairy tale, your daughter.|Sure, I'll bet it's from some skirt.

Oh, no, this come from Anna.

I see...

By golly, I think I'm too drunk|to read that letter from Anna.

I think I go sit down for minute.

You bring drink in backroom, Larry.

All right.

Well, where's my lager and ale,|you old stiff?

Oh, Larry bring.|Larry bring, sweetheart.

How are you?

Good news?

Well, what do you got there?

Well, by jiminy,|what you think of that?

My daughter, Anna, say|she coming here right away.

She got sick on job|in St. Paul, she saying.

Let me see.

It's a short letter, it don't tell me|much more than that.

By golly, that's good news|all one time for old fella.

You know, Marthy, I told you|I don't see my Anna...

...since she was little girl|in Sweden, 5 year old.

How old will she be now?

Oh, she must be... She must be|20 year old, by Jove.

- You've not seen her for 15 years?|- No.

I think it's better Anna live on farm.

Then she don't never know that...

That old devil sea.

She don't know father like me.

This girl will marry a sailor herself, likely.|It's in the blood.

No, by golly, she don't do that.

Here! What are you trying to do,|spill my suds for me?

Oh, what's up with you?|Ain't you a sailor yourself?

Yes, and that's just why I say it.

Sailor is all right fella,|but not for marry girl.

I know that.|Anna's mother, she know that too.

When is your daughter coming?|Soon?

Why, I forget. I see.

Well, she say she coming|right away, that's all.

She'll be coming here to look for you,|I suppose. Better hang around, Chris.

- Marthy...|- Well, what do you want?

I'm wise to what's|in the back of your nut...

...old squarehead.

You wanna get rid of me|because your kid's coming, huh?

Wanna kick me out, huh?

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Frances Marion

Frances Marion (born Marion Benson Owens, November 18, 1888 – May 12, 1973) was an American journalist, author, film director and screenwriter often cited as the most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century alongside June Mathis and Anita Loos. She was the first writer to win two Academy Awards. more…

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