Fred Tuttle, faced with his father's impending hip operation and his failing farm, needs to make a six-digit salary with a fourth-grade education. So he runs for U.S. Representative from ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Fred Tuttle ...
Bill Blachly ...
Bryan Pfeiffer
Bruce Lyndes
Jim Wallace
Tom Blachly
Kermit Glines
Euclid Farnham
Priscilla Farnham
Edgar Dodge
Barbara Kohn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jamie Drysdale ...
Fred Tuttle Impression (DVD Special Features)


Fred Tuttle, faced with his father's impending hip operation and his failing farm, needs to make a six-digit salary with a fourth-grade education. So he runs for U.S. Representative from Vermont with a markedly bizarre campaign. Will he triumph over incumbent Bill Blachly? Written by Ben Guaraldi <>

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Fred Tuttle has spent a long time in the barn; now he just wants to spens a little time in the House.







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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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Every single member of the cast and crew, including extras, is listed in the end credits. See more »

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The names of the crew appear like they would on a ballot with a check mark appearing next to the correct names. Eg: "For Director Choose One" See more »


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Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293
By Antonio Vivaldi
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We all need a "Man With a Plan."
6 May 2005 | by (South Dakota) – See all my reviews

I caught this "documentary" on PBS, and it is one of the funniest and most creative films ever. John O'Brien decided to make a movie featuring the folks he knew while growing up in tiny Tunbridge, Vermont. O'Brien made Fred Tuttle, retired dairyman, the star of his 1996 film, "Man With a Plan." Tuttle runs for Congress because he needs the money. In real life, Tuttle entered the GOP primary against Jack McMullen, a millionaire from Massachusetts. McMullen spent $475,000 on his campaign while Tuttle spent about $200, mostly for portable toilets at "Fred Fest." The Harvard-educated lawyer and businessman came off badly when he mispronounced the names of Vermont towns or pieces of farming equipment. McMullen even said there were six teats on a cow. Tuttle won the primary by about 4,500 votes to face popular Senator Pat Leahy in the general election. But Tuttle didn't really want to be a Senator. Not everyone will think this film is great, but for those who do, it will be such a delectable treat.

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