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Bitter Harvest (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 May 1981
A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

Director:

Roger Young

Writers:

Frederic Halbert (book), Sandra Halbert (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Ned De Vries
Art Carney ... Walter Peary
Tarah Nutter Tarah Nutter ... Kate De Vries
David Knell ... Brandon
Barry Corbin ... Dr. Agajanian
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Morton Freeman
Michael Bond Michael Bond ... DeJong
Jim Haynie ... Doc
Robert Hirschfeld Robert Hirschfeld ... Harold
G.W. Bailey ... Lazlo
Robert Behling ... Art
Ken Hixon Ken Hixon ... Williams
Dwight Schultz ... Schlatter
Joe Miksak Joe Miksak ... Al
J.E. Freeman ... Farmer #2
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A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosecha amarga See more »

Filming Locations:

Healdsburg, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Charles Fries Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This true story happened in rural Michigan, and was in court before the citizens were aware that they had been poisoned by Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB), a fire retardant that got inadvertently mixed into cattle feed by the local Farm Bureau. It took two years before the citizens were aware that the beef and milk were toxic. See more »

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Fine film
12 November 2003 | by vet1jimSee all my reviews

Ron Howard and cast present the best modern depiction of a United States farm and the demands of modern farming. Facing a unknown peril that has him losing his dairy herd a young farmer faces disparagement and questions about his farming ability while his children also become ill. The movie is based on the true story of PCB's entering the food chain in the mid 1970's. Great acting, drama and suspense plus a great mix of home, work and family in the grasp of technology. One of Ron Howard's most underappreciated works.


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