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Anna Christie (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 1930 (USA)
A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Frances Marion (adapted by), Eugene O'Neill (from play "Anna Christie")
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Anna Christie
Charles Bickford ... Matt Burke
George F. Marion ... Chris Christopherson
Marie Dressler ... Marthy
James T. Mack James T. Mack ... Johnny the Harp
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Larry the Bartender
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Storyline

In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson telling that she will leave Minnesota to stay with him. Chris left Anna fifteen years ago to the countryside to be raised by relatives in a farm in St. Paul and he has never visited his daughter. Anna Christie arrives and she is a wounded woman with a hidden dishonorable past since she had worked for two years in a brothel to survive. She moves to the barge to live with her father and one night, Chris rescues the sailor Matt and two other fainted sailors from the sea. Soon Anna and Matt fall in love with each other and Anna has the best days of her life. But when Matt proposes to marry her, she is reluctant and also haunted by her past. Matt insists and Anna opens her heart to Matt and to her father disclosing the darks secrets of her past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What voice will her full, sensuous lips reveal? Will her speech betray any more of the exotic personality which has made Greta Garbo the world's idol? HEAR FOR YOURSELF! (Print Ad-The Kyle News,((Kyle, Texas)) 9 May 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Christie See more »

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Budget:

$376,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1930 enter the U.S. public domain in 2026. See more »

Quotes

Matt Burke: Glory be, what do I care for a stew or a pie? It's not for food I'm hungry... but for the sight of your face.
Anna Christie: [Amused and flattered] Oh, go on with your blarney, you gasbag!
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of this film exist: this English-language version was directed by Clarence Brown, while a simultaneously filmed German-language version was directed by Jacques Feyder. The German version has a different running time and features a different supporting cast. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Frozen North
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Music by William Axt and Erno Rapee
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Anna Christie
14 April 2000 | by Smalling-2See all my reviews

A woman with a past returns to her alcoholic father living on a shabby boat and falls in love with a sailor.

A deliberately grim movie gained fame as Garbo's first talkie (revealing her warm, silky deep voice), and was simultaneously made in Germany - from a well-known O'Neill play. This version now seems pretty stilted and shows the most typical mistakes of early talkies, but full of vivid moments of great power, full-blooded performances (especially the genial interplay between Garbo and Dressler)and the rare Hollywood quality of gritty realism.


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