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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Bob Bledsoe ...
Himself - Bledsoe Cattle Company
Earl L. Butz ...
Himself - Former Secretary of Agriculture (as Earl Butz)
Dawn Cheney ...
Herself - Relative
Ian Cheney ...
Himself
Don Clikeman ...
Himself - Farmer
Elna Clikeman ...
Herself - Farmer
Ken Cook ...
Himself - Environmental Working Group
Loren Cordain ...
Himself - University of Colorado
Curt Ellis ...
Himself
Audrae Erickson ...
Herself - Corn Refiners Association
Dean Jarrett ...
Himself - Cattle Rancher
Sue Jarrett ...
Herself - Cattle Rancher
Rich Johnson ...
Himself - Farmer
Farida Khan ...
Herself - Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn
Steve Macko ...
Himself - University of Virginia
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm Written by King Corn

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You are what you eat

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$6,753 (USA) (12 October 2007)

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$81,368 (USA) (30 November 2007)
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Ian Cheney: [their 1 acre has been planted] Planting 31,000 seeds was not exactly a hands-on experience. But then again, it only took us 18 minutes.
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Well done
30 January 2008 | by (Kansas City, Missouri) – See all my reviews

I was expecting the Michael Moore treatment showing how evil big corporations are to unsuspecting Americans with a snide but preachy sense of humor. Instead you find fair treatment of all the issues with multiple perspectives shown. The makers really were fair and balanced. Agriculture issues tend to be complicated with many shades of gray between minimal black and white. The makers of King Corn drifted across this monochrome spectrum with ease by letting the subject speak for itsself. As a midwesterner, I was very surprised that they didn't portray Iowans as backward rednecks straight from central casting. I hope they decide to make more documentaries as they did wonderful with this one!


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