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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 »

Director:

Mark Lewis

Writer:

Mark Lewis
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Bonney Janet Bonney ... Self - Farmer
Joseph Martinez Joseph Martinez ... Self - Farmer
Joel Vavra Joel Vavra ... Self - Farmer
David Forrester David Forrester ... Self - Homeowner
John Kogge John Kogge ... Self - Homeowner
Leslye Simak Leslye Simak ... Self - Homeowner
John Simak John Simak ... Self - Homeowner
Bobby Wayne Webb Bobby Wayne Webb ... Self - Neighbor
Ray Johnson Ray Johnson ... Self - Game Cock Breeder
Karin Estrada Karin Estrada ... Self - Homemaker
Clyde Gore Clyde Gore ... Self - Headless Chicken Witness (as Clyde 'Babe' Gore)
Harold Lloyd Harold Lloyd ... Self - Headless Chicken Witness (as Harold 'Doc' Lloyd)
Troy Waters Troy Waters ... Self - Lloyd Olsen's Grandson
Elwynjohn Johnston Elwynjohn Johnston ... Self - Headless Chicken Witness (as Elwynjohn 'Bud' Johnston)
Joseph Tauer Joseph Tauer ... Self - 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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TV-PG

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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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Shanghai Rooster
Performed by Ledford String Band
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A fun, quirky film that fans of "Trekkies" or "Crumb" should check out.
19 August 2001 | by noble70See all my reviews

As a documentary editor and film-maker (Tesla: Master of Lightning, Korean War Stories) I know how hard putting a piece like this together can be. I make a good portion of my living from publicly funded television, but this, even more than the checks I've recieved from my bosses, made me say, "Thank God for PBS." In this day and age, a piece of work this odd, beautiful, and though-provoking could only have been made possible by public television.

Congratulations to all involved with "The Natural History of the Chicken."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Istories gia kotoules See more »

Filming Locations:

Crete, Nebraska, USA See more »

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