A good film in and of itself, and an excellent one to incorporate into classrooms.
This film is quite good. It does not have a Hollywood feel by any means, but it is enjoyable to watch. Its purpose is not to dazzle with special effects, but rather to educate. It deals with the issues of fear and prejudice without beating the viewer over the head with them. The film takes place in a small town where most of the inhabitants haven't had an original thought in a very long time. It focuses on two people. The first is a teenager named Eric Nelson (Keith Coogan), who has the rare gift of being able to embrace new ideas and is attempting to reform the town's farmers' fertilizing practices. The other is his great aunt, Cecile (Elizabeth Franz), who was a victim of the town's wrath during the time of Senator McCarthy and understands what Eric is going through. We, as viewers, get a history lesson and a good look at human nature with this story. We get to see how difficult it is at times to do the right thing. I enjoyed this film when I was growing up, and I now appreciate it as a teaching tool. Difficult issues are brought to light in a way that is easy to digest with this film.
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