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Bright Leaves -- McElwee family legend has it that the Hollywood melodrama "Bright Leaf" starring Gary Cooper as a 19th century tobacco grower, is based on filmmaker Ross McElwee's great-grandfather, who created the Bull Durham brand.
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28 April 2004 (France) See more »
North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. Bright Leaves describes a journey taken across the social... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Allan Gurganus ... Himself
Paula Larke ... Herself
Marilyn Levine ... Herself
Emily Madison ... Herself

Adrian McElwee ... Himself
Ross McElwee ... Himself
Tom McElwee ... Himself

Patricia Neal ... Herself
Vlada Petric ... Himself
Charleen Swansea ... Herself

Directed by
Ross McElwee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ross McElwee  writer

Produced by
Ross McElwee .... producer
Linda Morgenstern .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Ross McElwee 
Film Editing by
Ross McElwee 
Mark Meatto  (as Mark Meato)
Production Management
Stan Sztaba .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Rick Beck .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian McElwee .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Brad Fuller .... post-production consultant
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
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Pacho Velez .... production assistant
Renata Jackson .... thanks

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107 min

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Allan Gurganus:Forbes Magazine and other national periodicals name this state as the great place to move, and I swear the day after the magazine comes out, you can see a difference in traffic patterns. For me, as somebody who grew up connected to a piece of property...See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A southern view of a southern paradox, 21 November 2004
Author: timgee from Cary, NC

A sensitive treatment of the complex relationship between people, economics and a health hazard; it gives an accurate shapshot of the region (tobacco road), its views, the concerns of its people. The locations are real. The people are real. The accents are real. View this film and you are home.

Ross McElwee consistently entertains us with his unique sense of humor as he explores the possible connections between his great grandfather and the main character in Foster FitzSimons' novel "Bright Leaf." Anyone who is a lover of movies, history, and appreciates a good yarn will enjoy this film. If you are interested in the South, this film, along with McElwee's classic "Sherman's March," will give you significant insights into this region.

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