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The Rough South of Larry Brown (2002)

The life and works of Oxford, Miss. fireman-turned-writer Larry Brown are examined in a unique documentary format that incorporates narrative film adaptations of three of his short stories:... See full summary »

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Gary Hawkins

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Gary Hawkins
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Credited cast:
Will Patton ... Frank in 'Samaritans'
Natalie Canerday ... Woman in 'Samaritans'
Dakota Smith Dakota Smith ... Boy in Bar in 'Samaritans'
Paul Schneider ... Voice-over / Man in 'Wild Thing' (voice)
Kendra Cover ... Wild Thing
Gaye-Taylor Upchurch Gaye-Taylor Upchurch ... Wife in 'Wild Thing'
Vic Chesnutt Vic Chesnutt ... Narrator in 'Boy & Dog'
Justin Stone ... Boy in 'Boy & Dog'
Brent Burditt Brent Burditt ... Hero in 'Boy & Dog'
Larry Brown Larry Brown ... Fire Chief in 'Boy & Dog'
David Gordon Green ... Fireman in 'Boy & Dog'
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Scott Clackum Scott Clackum ... Mustang Driver
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The life and works of Oxford, Miss. fireman-turned-writer Larry Brown are examined in a unique documentary format that incorporates narrative film adaptations of three of his short stories: Samaritans, Wild Thing, and Boy & Dog. Written by Sam Froelich

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USA

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June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Ledford, North Carolina, USA See more »

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I KNEW IT WOULD COME TO THIS
Performed by Dirty Three
Written by Mick Turner, Warren Ellis & Jim White
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This film is a unique look at a unique writer.
2 January 2003 | by Seliger12See all my reviews

This is a review for the documentary film, "The Rough South of Larry Brown". The artistry in Larry Brown's writing is found in the way he tells his stories. This documentary finds artistry in the way it tells of Larry Brown. I was a fan of Brown's writing before this film. However, I don't think it is necessary to be familiar with his work in order to enjoy this documentary. This is because of the honest way it represents Brown's slow, Southern writing style. It acts as a companion to Brown's stories, style, and life. By mixing classic documentary techniques, such as interviews and family photos, with the narrative Filmmaking of three short films based on Brown's short stories, filmmaker Gary Hawkins has created a documentary that is a part of its subject as much as it is an exploration of it. Through the course of the film we are told the unique story of Brown's discovery of writing, which didn't occur until his thirties, and his subsequent development of that disciplined craft. Woven into Brown's life story are the three short narrative films based on his stories: "Boy and Dog", "Samaritans", and "Wild Thing". The insights we gain into the writing are provided by the insights we gain into the writer. We see the characters on screen struggle with their problems right alongside Brown himself. This makes us feel like we are getting a complete portrait of this person, a task not often accomplished in biographical documentaries.


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