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Vernon, Florida (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy | 8 October 1981 (USA)
A documentary on the eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida.

Director:

Errol Morris
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Cast

Credited cast:
Albert Bitterling Albert Bitterling ... Himself
Roscoe Collins Roscoe Collins ... Himself
George Harris George Harris ... Himself
Joe Payne Joe Payne ... Himself
Howard Pettis Howard Pettis ... Himself
Claude Register Claude Register ... Himself
Snake Reynolds Snake Reynolds ... Himself
Henry Shipes Henry Shipes ... Himself
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Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida. A few examples? The preacher giving a sermon on the definition of the word "Therefore," and the obsessive turkey hunter who speaks reverentially of the "gobblers" he likes to track down and kill. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вернон, штат Флорида See more »

Filming Locations:

Vernon, Florida, USA

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Originally titled Nub City, this follow-up to Gates of Heaven was initially focused on residents of the Southern town who cut off their own limbs as a way to collect insurance money. After Morris's life was threatened by the subjects of the film, he re-worked Nub City into Vernon, Florida. See more »

Quotes

Claude Register: You ever seen a man's brains? I've seen them. I've picked them up, scooped them up. Put them in, do them up like brains. You buying brains?
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Featured in A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000) See more »

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One of the best documentaries I've ever seen
3 November 1998 | by skipsizemoreSee all my reviews

Vernon, Florida consists entirely of the stories and opinions of the residents of a sleepy little southern town, without narration or comments from the filmmakers. Many of the residents are eccentric, and some, perhaps, are a bit nervous to be in front of the camera. But the filmmakers wisely chose to allow the residents to say whatever they felt was important, so that the end result, though sometimes comical, is actually quite respectful and dignified. The editing is fabulous-- no abrupt starts or stops, nothing boring, and nothing that appears to be taken out of context.

Vernon, Florida is hard to find, so if you see a copy, by all means check it out.

This is the way documentaries should be made!


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