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Overall Rating

Worth A Look: 17.39%
Average: 26.09%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 4.35%

1 review, 17 user ratings

Goodbye, Mr Chips
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"The Long Goodbye"
3 stars

The 1939 Goodbye Mr Chips is like an old, three-legged dog: slow, and past its prime, but you canít help loving it just a little.

Greer Garson is the best thing about the picture. She makes a big impression in her first film, and is absolutely true to her character - radiant, assured, impossibly good and a career-saving tonic to the dull Mr Chips (Robert Donat). You donít want her to
leave the screen. Her death is robbed of its poignancy by occurring off-screen and without proper explanation.

To signify the passing of time in the picture, thereís an endless succession of superimposed images of private-school boys announcing their names at roll-call. Thereís an awful lot of boys, and an awful lot of time, passing in this picture.

When Chips is brought out of retirement to act as principal during the World War I, I had a horrifying thought: what if Chips was around to run the school during World War II, or Vietnam?

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User Comments

2/23/20 Suzanne Robert Donat is fantastic and Greer Garson is a charmer. 5 stars
7/31/08 Charles Tatum Simply wonderful, but avoid musical remake with Peter O'Toole 5 stars
2/13/04 Duncan Randall A classic all time great 5 stars
8/08/03 JOHN LYNCH Excellent old fashioned film-making 5 stars
6/14/03 mikron see below 5 stars
2/10/03 Pinkline Jones The most pretentious fish and chips film since Old Man and the Sea 1 stars
12/28/02 sue coomber superbly acted by robert donat 5 stars
3/18/02 Chris A really heartwarming film ... 4 stars
3/14/02 April Carey I agree that this film was kind of like a three legged dog. 4 stars
1/23/02 J A Grainger Superb acting in a heartwarming antidote to today's all-pervading cynicism. 5 stars
7/03/01 James Williams Great movie, wonderfully touching and warm 5 stars
6/28/01 Phil Thompson Might be too aged for modern viewers 4 stars
1/07/01 Brian Koller This review sucks, read mine at 5 stars
6/06/00 Marie Schaap Worth seeing more than once 5 stars
3/03/00 Alexis This is one of the greatest movies of all time. 5 stars
11/07/99 hum oh come on, its charming 4 stars
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  DVD: 03-Feb-2004



Directed by
  Sam Wood

Written by
  James Hilton (I)
  R.C. Sherriff

  Robert Donat
  Greer Garson
  Terry Kilburn
  John Mills (I)

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