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Conrack's Lessons

Conrack's Lessons

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 28th 2016

When it opened in theatres 42 years ago yesterday, the film version of Pat Conroy’s The Water Is Wide, in keeping with the rhythm of its off-coastal South Carolina island setting, churned up ripple

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Frankly Outspoken

Frankly Outspoken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 13th 2015

Born 95 years ago tomorrow, Irving Ravetch (1920-2010) was a team player whose screenplay collaborations with his wife Harriet Frank Jr. (still with us at age 98) resulted in several profoundly movi

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Back to School (2): Conrack – Setting Kids on Fire

Back to School (2): Conrack – Setting Kids on Fire

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 7th 2015

“I want you to lead good, contributing lives,” author Pat Conroy told his poor, isolated African- American students on South Carolina’s Dafuskie Island during the year chronicled in his autobiograph

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