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Directed by
Richard Linklater 
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Richard Linklater  concept

Produced by
Richard Linklater .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard Linklater 
Film Editing by
Richard Linklater 
Sound Department
Eric Friend .... sound editor
Brecht Andersch .... thanks
Scott Christian .... thanks
Matt Crowley .... thanks
Lee Daniel .... thanks
Keith Dubois .... thanks
Hugh Gapet .... thanks
Timothy Rich Healy .... thanks
Diane Herrera .... thanks
Dick Krieger .... thanks
Denise Lablonde .... thanks
Eric Lord .... thanks
Kate Marohn .... thanks
Ann Meredith .... thanks
George Morris .... thanks
Jamie Ra Pickens .... thanks
Gary Price .... thanks
David Ray .... thanks
Ted Schiebold .... thanks
Suzanne Schope .... thanks
Beverly Sternberg .... thanks
Ann Torrez .... thanks
Jesse Torrez .... thanks
Tony Lee Towers .... thanks
Martha Wise .... thanks
Eric Wolfe .... thanks

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USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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13 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
"It is dull, dreary...", 16 October 2004
Author: butterfinger

It Is Impossible to Learn to Plow By Reading Books: There is a scene in Richard Linklater's It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books where the protagonist meets a woman at a train station. They nervously chat for a little while and fall asleep in the lobby of the train station. Then, our protagonist wakes up and leaves a note on the stranger's luggage. This scene has more poignancy in it, and a stronger feeling of isolation in it, than all one hundred and two minutes of Lost in Translation. Learn to Plow creates an entire banal world of lobbies, passenger carts, and tiny bathrooms. It is dull, dreary, and sad.

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