7.4/10
195
5 user

The Marva Collins Story (1981)

This movie can inspire you to overcome whatever obstacles you have, when you see how Marva Collins overcame the obstacles, financial and otherwise, in opening her own School in her home. ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Levin
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

The Rosa Parks Story (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

Director: Julie Dash
Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart
The Ditchdigger's Daughters (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In many ways "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" adheres to the well worn path of a genre best described as the black struggle in an injust white America. But the real plot in this movie revolves... See full summary »

Director: Johnny E. Jensen
Stars: Carl Lumbly, Dulé Hill, Victoria Dillard
The Josephine Baker Story (TV Movie 1991)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Death of a Prophet (TV Movie 1981)
Certificate: 12 Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After breaking ties with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a man marked for death...and it was just a matter of time before his enemies closed in. Despite death threats and intimidation... See full summary »

Director: Woodie King Jr.
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Yolanda King, Mansoor Najee-ullah
Blade (1973)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A homicide detective goes after a woman-hating serial killer, who uses knives to murder his victims.

Director: Ernest Pintoff
Stars: John Marley, Jon Cypher, Kathryn Walker
Resting Place (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The mysterious death of an army officer comes under investigation by Major Kendall Laird as the young soldier's parents seek an honorable burial place, out of respect for their son. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty
Stars: John Lithgow, Richard Bradford, Morgan Freeman
The Secret Path (TV Movie 1999)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A drama about a young, neglected white girl in the rural South who, with the help of an unlikely couple, finds the solace and nurturing needed to transform her downtrodden life.

Director: Bruce Pittman
Stars: Della Reese, Crystal Bernard, Madeline Zima
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Marva Collins
Morgan Freeman ... Clarence Collins
Rodrick F. Wimberly Rodrick F. Wimberly ... Martin Luther Jones (as Rodrick Wimberly)
Mashaune Hardy Mashaune Hardy ... Cindy Collins
Brett Bouldin Brett Bouldin ... Patrick Collins
Samuel Muhammad Jr. Samuel Muhammad Jr. ... Eric Collins
Dianne Kirksey ... Cynthia Rawls
Frankie Hill Frankie Hill ... Ida Banbower
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown ... Chester Boland
Marsha Warfield ... Lela Boland
Ce Ce Thompson Ce Ce Thompson ... Louise Jones
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Zay Smith
Mike Genovese ... Mardesich
Kelly Crosby Kelly Crosby ... Tina Boland
Tonda Leavy Tonda Leavy ... Clarissa Lester
Edit

Storyline

This movie can inspire you to overcome whatever obstacles you have, when you see how Marva Collins overcame the obstacles, financial and otherwise, in opening her own School in her home. When she was teaching in Public School, someone vandalized her Classroom. She tells the students whoever did it had a key, since she found the Classroom Door locked. That is why I disagree with the person who said the Classroom was disturbed by Students. The Students would not normally have a key to her Classroom. Written by robert delrosso (rdelrosso2001)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Marva Collins Story (#31.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Shortly after 1:05 minutes, she cites "Muy bien" as being French for "Very good", when, in fact, it is Spanish. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderful Inspirational Movie!
14 January 2007 | by Bernette2002See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie broadcast in a number of years, and really want to see it again. Cicely Tyson does a marvelous job in her stirring portrayal of Marva Collins. Morgan Freeman is also outstanding. This is a film that all educators need to see over and over again, because of the high standards Marva Collins sets for children. I cannot imagine this film disappearing from history.

I would like to know how I may purchase it, if you would make a copy available. I have searched every Crowne Hallmark store I could find, and exhausted websites and libraries trying to find a copy of this great film. It has been frustrating this past year trying to find a broadcast time or a copy of this fine film. If you can help me by broadcasting it or locating a copy that I may purchase, please let me know.

Please advise if it can be purchased or broadcast in the near future. It is the Marva Collins Story - Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in 1981.

Thank you, and keep on making films of this caliber! I enjoy the Hallmark channel.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed