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Country (1984)

PG | | Drama | 29 September 1984 (USA)
Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Jewell Ivy
Sam Shepard ... Gil Ivy
Wilford Brimley ... Otis
Matt Clark ... Tom McMullen
Theresa Graham Theresa Graham ... Marlene Ivy
Levi L. Knebel Levi L. Knebel ... Carlisle Ivy
Jim Haynie ... Arlon Brewer
Sandra Seacat ... Louise Brewer
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey ... Fordyce, FHA Man
Stephanie-Stacy Poyner Stephanie-Stacy Poyner ... Missy Ivy
Jim Ostercamp Jim Ostercamp ... Cowboy
Robert L. Somers Robert L. Somers ... Grain Elevator Operator (as Robert Somers)
Frank Noel Frank Noel ... Semi Driver (as Frank Noel Jr.)
Warren Duit Warren Duit ... Preacher (as Rev. Warren Duit)
Conrad Doan Conrad Doan ... Auctioneer
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Storyline

Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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In this country, when the land is your life...you fight for your life

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosecha de ira See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,443, 30 September 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,640,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Good representation of rural America.
25 March 2007 | by stoutwood50See all my reviews

"Country" was filmed in 3 miles north and 1 mile west of Dunkerton, IA. A deserted farmstead was selected for the film because it was a surprise that Iowa had modern farm homes. I lived 8 miles from the farm used on a farm of my own. I knew at least 8 of the extras in the movie, so I'm fairly confident of my facts. A number of the farmers in the movie were in fact retired farmers. Reagonomics was the cause of nearly of the the farmers problems. The FHA and bank had encouraged farmers to expand their farm operations. Shortly after they had made huge financial commitments grain and livestock prices dropped drastically. Neither the FHA or banks were overly sympathetic to their plights. The relationship of the Ivy family is very believable and touching, as is Jewels attempt to rally support from among the neighbor farmers. The auction has a basis in history referred to as the "nickel" auctions. During the 30's as farmers were foreclosed on the neighbors would bid a nickel on a piece of equipment and when winning the bid return it to the farmer as a gift. It was their way to support those that supported them. Oh, by the way the guy yelling who gets the money is my dad, and he and his dad went to these nickel auctions. If I can answer and further question about the area etc., contact me at, stoutwood50@aol.com Tag it Country questions.


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