7.4/10
611
22 user 33 critic

The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 January 2006 (USA)
Trailer
1:56 | Trailer
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Taggart Siegel
5 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
John Peterson John Peterson ... Self
Anna Nielsen Anna Nielsen ... Self - mother of John Peterson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Edwards John Edwards ... Self
Lester Peterson Lester Peterson ... Self - father of John Peterson (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

User Reviews

Movies like this just don't grow on trees...
7 May 2005 | by revolutionerSee all my reviews

What a wonderful little film! This is much more than the old story about the American farmer's attempt to save the family farm. It is an historical document, of sorts, on the life of one Illinois man, John Peterson, his family, friends, and community. It took a little while for the film to get started for me. I had to get use to John's low-key personality, but as the film progresses, it reveals a complex, intelligent, and determined man, who's story is a unique one. Director Taggart Siegel, a friend of John's, sifted through hundreds of hours of footage, shot by himself, John, and home movies from John's own family. It is simply amazing to see such an interesting life story unfold before your eyes in less than two hours time. Compelling, educational, and deeply moving, it is a film you will hold dear to your heart.


20 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En sann farmare See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,376, 22 January 2006

Gross USA:

$65,429

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed