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The Natural History of the Chicken (2000)

Through interviews and reenactments, The Natural History of the Chicken investigates the role of the chicken in American life and tells several remarkable stories. A Maine farmer says she ... See full summary »

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Mark Lewis

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Mark Lewis
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Janet Bonney Janet Bonney ... Herself - Farmer
Joseph Martinez Joseph Martinez ... Himself - Farmer
Joel Vavra Joel Vavra ... Himself - Farmer
David Forrester David Forrester ... Himself - Homeowner
John Kogge John Kogge ... Himself - Homeowner
Leslye Simak Leslye Simak ... Herself - Homeowner
John Simak John Simak ... Himself - Homeowner
Bobby Wayne Webb Bobby Wayne Webb ... Himself - Neighbor
Ray Johnson Ray Johnson ... Himself - Game Cock Breeder
Karin Estrada Karin Estrada ... Herself - Homemaker
Clyde Gore Clyde Gore ... Himself - Headless Chicken Witness (as Clyde 'Babe' Gore)
Harold Lloyd Harold Lloyd ... Himself - Headless Chicken Witness (as Harold 'Doc' Lloyd)
Troy Waters Troy Waters ... Himself - Lloyd Olsen's Grandson
Elwynjohn Johnston Elwynjohn Johnston ... Himself - Headless Chicken Witness (as Elwynjohn 'Bud' Johnston)
Joseph Tauer Joseph Tauer ... Himself - Author, Call Me Chicken (as Pastor Joseph Tauer)
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Through interviews and reenactments, The Natural History of the Chicken investigates the role of the chicken in American life and tells several remarkable stories. A Maine farmer says she found a chicken frozen stiff, but was able to resuscitate it. Colorado natives tell a story of the chicken who lost its head-- and went on living. A Virginia farmer tells about (and demonstrates) the benefits of raising chickens for his own consumption. Perhaps most surprising is the case of the Florida woman: she bathes her pet bird, and takes it both swimming and shopping. Through these and other stories, this documentary illuminates the role that chickens play in (some of) our lives. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Istories gia kotoules See more »

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Crete, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Troy Waters: [about Mike, a rooster that survived a beheading] I don't really know what to think of why Mike lived. Was it just fate? Did this one particular rooster have just that much will to live? Or was it just because he was so dumb of an animal that he didn't even know that his head was cut off?
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Chicken
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Not At All What You Expect From the Title
22 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

This short documentary is full of interesting characters.

A Maine farmer says she found a chicken frozen stiff, but was able to resuscitate it. Colorado natives tell a story of the chicken who lost its head -- and went on living. A Virginia farmer tells about (and demonstrates) the benefits of raising chickens for his own consumption. Perhaps most surprising is the case of the Florida woman: she bathes her pet bird, and takes it both swimming and shopping.

The unfortunate part of this show is that it really seems to have no central narrative other than to be a few stories about chickens. One, the headless chicken named Mike, was rather fascinating and probably deserved more time. The film as a whole disappointed me, though, in part because the title is misleading: rather than a history of how chickens became domesticated and such a crucial part of modern humanity, such things are not even vaguely alluded to.


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