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Ross McElwee (writer)
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Release Date:
28 April 2004 (France) See more »
Plot:
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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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Much too focused on the director's family, indulgent See more (14 total) »

Cast

 
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 
 
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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
 
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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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References The Fountainhead (1949)See more »

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8 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Much too focused on the director's family, indulgent, 25 June 2005
Author: julianmiller-1 from United States

I was expecting a documentary that focused on the tobacco industry in North Carolina. Instead I watched a man who rues the fact that his great grandfather lost his tobacco empire to the Duke family. And this went on and on. If Mr. McElwee's family had prevailed over the Dukes I doubt that Mr. McElwee would have any problems with the death toll caused by tobacco-related diseases. I grew up near the area where Mr. McElwee's family began it tobacco business ; I expected more than McEwee's continual focus on his family. I learned very little about the history of tobacco in the NC economy and the ramifications to the state's economy by tighter regulation of tobacco. The countless references to the movie "Bright Leaves" are out of place - So what if Gary Cooper played Mr. McElwee's great grandfather? Does the viewer gain any understanding of the role of tobacco in the North Carolina economy by the showing of old film clips of a fictionalized film? I didn't.

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