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King Corn (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary | 25 April 2009 (Japan)
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Bledsoe Bob Bledsoe ... Himself - Bledsoe Cattle Company
Earl L. Butz Earl L. Butz ... Himself - Former Secretary of Agriculture (as Earl Butz)
Dawn Cheney Dawn Cheney ... Herself - Relative
Ian Cheney Ian Cheney ... Himself
Don Clikeman Don Clikeman ... Himself - Farmer
Elna Clikeman Elna Clikeman ... Herself - Farmer
Ken Cook Ken Cook ... Himself - Environmental Working Group
Loren Cordain Loren Cordain ... Himself - University of Colorado
Curt Ellis Curt Ellis ... Himself
Audrae Erickson Audrae Erickson ... Herself - Corn Refiners Association
Dean Jarrett Dean Jarrett ... Himself - Cattle Rancher
Sue Jarrett Sue Jarrett ... Herself - Cattle Rancher
Rich Johnson Rich Johnson ... Himself - Farmer
Farida Khan Farida Khan ... Herself - Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn
Steve Macko Steve Macko ... Himself - University of Virginia
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Storyline

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm Written by King Corn

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Plot Keywords:

corn | food | iowa | farm | processed food | See All (7) »

Taglines:

You are what you eat

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Царица полей See more »

Filming Locations:

Greene, Iowa, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,753, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,368, 2 December 2007
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ITVS, Mosaic Films See more »
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Color (HDCAM)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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Ian Cheney: We've heard from some people that they think there is too much food.
Earl L. Butz: Well it's the basis of our affluence now, the fact that we spend less on food. It's America's best-kept secret. We feed ourselves with approximately 16 or 17% of our take home pay. That's marvelous, that's a very small chunk to feed ourselves. And that includes all the meals we eat at restaurants, all the fancy doodads we get in our food system. I don't see much room for improvement there, which means we'll spend our surplus ...
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A Must See for Anyone Wondering What's Up with our Food/Health Care sit in the US
29 August 2009 | by jfilmSee all my reviews

This film is a must see for anyone interested not only in food production and food policy in the United States, but also what ailes (sp?) us as a nation. The US government, and the agricultural industry has unfortunately created a system that is out of whack. While we spend less than at any time on food, we are spending more and more on health-care (the one point I wish the film had made more directly). This film should be seen by all Americans. I saw another comment that quibbled with the particulars in the film. The film is not a doctoral thesis, it is a piece of art trying to raise awareness. I also thought the device of the two filmmakers staking out an acre of corn and following it through the year as a spine to the story was quite wonderful, as well as the animations that they did with a still camera. As far as I know you can also get the film to screen in your community from the film's website. I highly recommend it - would be great food for thought.


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