The Good Earth

Synopsis: The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But then a famine forces them to leave their land and live in the town. However it turns out to be a blessing in disguise for them...
Genre: Drama, Romance
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min

This is the day!

Yes yes Loo! I'm up!

Quiet! Quiet! You'll wake father!

Here friend!

And eat a little bit more for once!

Morning medley!

Morning! Morning!

So today's the day!

The day! Hay hay!

Tomorrow's another world's waters


I know! I know! Who does it! Ha! Ha! Ha!

ShouZheng! Where's my hot water?

My lungs are cold!

It's ready father

I'm too old

to wait for my food like this

Tomorrow a woman

will bring food to us both

Yeah she'll eat food too

and there's little enough for any of us

Until the harvest

and if the rain don't come

there won't be a harvest!

Tea? Have you lost your mind?

Tea is like eating silver!

But this is the day father,

if the woman brings us luck,

we may never go hungry again

Tea! Waste!

You think she'll be an ugly woman?

Hum! If things go on like this

Someday the bridegroom would want to see

the bride before they marry them!

Well then

I won't have a pock mark woman!

Or the one with split lip!

Now then are you a farmer's son or not?

Your woman must work as your mother did

And bear children like she did,

6 sons like mine!

Your tea will be cold.

True! True!

5 sons dided

in the years of flood and famine

Your mother worked on

with me until she died

Now I know that she was the one,

the best a man could have

But I'll tell you one thing,

your woman is not deformed

Thank you father!

Now there it is!

Water enough to bring a crop to fruit

Must you waste it?

I haven't wash my body

all at once since the new year!

That won't do

starting a new woman like this!

Tea in the morning

water in all this wasting!

Father? Well what is it? What is it?

I'll be grateful to you

if it would please you to ask my friends

for a feast tonight?


A very small feast?

It's only this once?

No no no no no!

Spend for a feast, make way for a famine

Good morning father Wong!

It's going to rain!

It is unlucky to mention it!

I haven't said it would rain!

I haven't said it!

Here's some

very bad wine for the bridegroom

This gift is much too good for my son

Oh is miserable wine!

Where's the bridegroom?

He's washing his whole body!

Is that my friend Wong Loong?

Shing! That's my son!

Wasting good water

before the rains come!

Uh but the rains will come!

And what's on

the top of the water to you,

a man who lives to see his grandson

Young men and fools are alike,

until the gods teach them wisdom

And asking your

few friends for a feast tonight

A very small feast,

if you'll come my son will be honoured

You were boys together. Shing!

Ha ha ha ha!

This is the day!

Chickens! Good buy! Eat!

Good your blood and pure your liver!

Peaches, 6 for 2 coppers!

Now then what?

I'm Wong Loong, the farmer

Well, and Wong Loong the farmer what?

I'm coming... I'm coming...

Are you seeing that? I see you a fool!

There's a woman to be...

Ha ha ha! So you're he!

You're the bridegroom!

I thought you're the peddler!

Why do you bring a basket?

Are you gonna carry that the whole day?

The bridegroom! He comes!

The bridegroom! He comes!

The bridegroom!

He's here! The bridegroom!

He's here! The bridegroom!

You fool, get up!

Your farmer's come,

he smells like a stable!

Nobody giggles!

Is all wreck crack yours?

Open it! Open it!

To see what's in it

There's a thief in every kitchen

When did you steal these?

My mother gave'em to me

Save it for your own brats!

Pick up your eggs! Hurry!

This dress, the kitchen slave

This woman came into my house

when she was a child

Her parents were farmers

but during the famine

they sold her to me for food.

She has a strong body,

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Talbot Jennings

Talbot Jennings (August 24, 1894 – May 30, 1985) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Writing and Screenplay, for Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935 and Anna and the King of Siam in 1946. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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