A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ...
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A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy learns that his challenges guide him in discovering who he really is.Written by
The house the crew used and the church are located about forty miles apart. The actors, actresses, and extras had to be shuttled to the proper locations for shooting. The house and the church, as well as other locations used in eastern Arkansas, are still standing. See more »
When the soda fountain worker give the customer a fountain drink, the seltzer from the spigot comes out brown. Seltzer is clear. All fountain drinks, including Coca Cola, required a squirt of flavored syrup then the cup was held under the fountain spigot. The clerk would push the handle back for a pressurized squirt to mix the clear seltzer and syrup then would pull the handle forward to fill the glass. See more »
Are we gonna tell anyone?
Eli 'Pappy' Chandler:
Nope. I don't think so. Nothing we say is gonna bring that boy back and tellin folks will just make a fuss none of us need.
Well what about Mr. and Mrs Spruill?
Eli 'Pappy' Chandler:
It'll only hurt them if they knew. We ain't telling nobody. Just be our secret. One we'll take to our graves, just you and me. But you done right by telling me. Don't you worry none, I'll handle this. Hey, don't worry, I'll handle this.
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Maybe sometimes, we forget, with our plush life and current definition of "poverty", what things were like for rural "working poor" even as recently as the 50's. Survival, even for a man who owned the land, took a different strength of character. Is it good, or is it regretful those times have passed? More money yes, but were better times up North in the auto plants? I suppose, but this is nostalgia, and not bad either.
It was a good family movie, narrated like the Waltons, I kept waiting for "goodnight Luke-boy". Yah, Little House on the Prairie too, a bit more reality, but did other commenters really expect this to be as complete as the book, any book? Personally, I'm tired of hearing book-readers whine about "what they left out". Don't watch movies if you read the book.
This is certainly wandering reminiscences, but that's another type of literature too, isn't it? Why does every story have to be going somewhere special? To me it's a pretty good coming of age movie and worth the hour and a half at least, and always a pleasure watching Scott Glenn, when he gets good parts.
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