The Baxters and their son Jody live and work on a Florida farm. When the father is bitten by a rattler, he kills a deer to save his life, using the organs to absorb the poison. The doe has a little fawn left behind, and Jody insists he take care of it. Growing quickly, the deer becomes a major nuisance, destroying their crops and threatining to have the family starve to death. Jody has to face the fact that a choice must be made between their survival and caring for a destructive pet.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Sara Embrey
This movie is a must- see family classic. With an all star cast, "the Yearling" is a moving story, based upon Marjorie Rawlings prize winning novel of a boy's coming of age. It takes place in Florida, the early pioneer days. A 12 year old boy tries to find meaning in his lonely existence and yearns for a pet. Spending time with his father whom he idolizes and nearly loses to snakebite, he has an opportunity to raise an orphaned fawn. The family endures a continual struggle to keep their meager farm going, and endure the hardships of pioneering. With the trials of this difficult life, choices need to be made when Mr. Baxter (Peck)is injured and can no longer farm the clearing. Jody (C. Jarman Jr.) takes a man's responsibilities to heart and nearly becomes a man in the process. A very emotional and moving story.
The review of this Movie prepared by Beth Schnell