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A poor farmer is obsessed with finding gold on his land supposedly buried by his grandfather. To find it he conveniently moves a marker out of his way that designates the land on which it rests as as God's Little Acre, where anything that comes from the ground will go to God's work. Eventually he abducts an albino to help him find the gold. Meanwhile, his daughter-in-law is suspected of fooling around with a labor activist out of work since the mill closed, and a local political hopeful actively seeks his daughter's hand in marriage. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Love! Hate! Pride! Passion! Rampant, Riotous In the Heat of a Southern Sun! See more »

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A 1967 re-release attempted to appeal to the new generation by playing up the sex in the advertisements. The '67 poster featured the drawing of a topless woman underneath a bare-chested man on a bed, as well as a topless (but chaste) photo of co-star Fay Spain that was definitely not in the picture itself! For this re-release, Tina Louise was given top-billing and Michael Landon went from tenth billing in 1958 to second billing this time. See more »

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Although the plot revolves around hillbilly family who has spent years digging dozens of holes around property looking for gold, all of the dirt surrounding holes appears moist and freshly excavated, not dried out and dusty as it would actually be if it been dug out with shovels and exposed to sun for years. See more »

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Ty Ty Walden: Lord, give me the strength to spread out my arms to the ends of my fields. Let me fill up the holes, make the land smooth. You spared my sons, and I'll never dig another hole again. Except to... to plant seeds for things to grow.
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Comes across as high quality stage drama fare
18 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An all star cast delivers a potent drama based on a book, but with the definite look of a stage drama, about a poor Southern family. The main focus of the father, Robert Ryan (who excelled at roles as diverse as John the Baptist, World War Two Generals, and Western outlaws mostly) is to find a treasure he knows is buried on his property. But despite his obsession, he never loses sight of the important things in life, and he is quite aware of the subplots and the turmoil going on with a love triangle involving his oldest son. Ryan gives an outstanding performance. Of course he is helped along with excellent writing, so you have the best of both worlds. The rest of the cast is also splendid. Too many big names to mention here, but you'll be amazed at the star power. Lots of raw emotion stifle any prejudice you might have about Southerners or the treatment of Southerners. This is not an action movie. It is a thinking piece. And it is heartfelt drama.


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