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The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 January 2006 (USA)
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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 »

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Taggart Siegel
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Credited cast:
John Peterson John Peterson ... Himself
Anna Nielsen Anna Nielsen ... Herself, mother of John Peterson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Edwards John Edwards ... Himself
Lester Peterson Lester Peterson ... Himself, father of John Peterson (archive footage)
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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

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USA

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English

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20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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En sann farmare See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,376, 22 January 2006

Gross USA:

$65,429

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,999
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On a limited budget
7 October 2005 | by michael-kramer-1See all my reviews

I didn't see it as a literal documentary, obviously certain liberties were taken to tell the story on a limited budget. It was both touching and true to its time. I'm hoping that it will get into distribution and certain that it will create a buzz. The story of the family farm still needs recounting even though it was a media darling twenty years ago. His struggle to succeed and to keep the family business going is universal...The underlying "hippie" mentality was also keeping with the times, having been a student in Wisconsin in the early 70's. When you laugh and cry and root for the underdog, it becomes personal. What else can you ask for from a movie?


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