Split cherry tree

United States, 1982

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Based on a short story by Jesse Stuart about the son of a poor uneducated farming couple who must stay after school to work off a debt incurred by breaking a cherry tree during a biology excursion. This angers and humiliates his father, who sets off for school to teach “that modern professor” a lesson. Instead it is he who learns a lesson: education is important, and his son deserves a chance for a better life. Cast includes Colleen Dewhurst and Will Newman.

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Jan Saunders

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Andrei Konchalovsky



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