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


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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You are what you eat





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Did You Know?


Michael Pollan: If you're standing in a field in Iowa, there's an immense amount of food being grown, none of it edible. The commodity corn... nobody can eat it. It must be processed before we can eat it. It's a raw material, it's a feed-stock for all these other processes. And the irony is that an Iowa farmer can no longer feed himself.
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why am I not surprised?
23 April 2010 | by anniekanienSee all my reviews

yet another slap at American farmers under the guise of making folks feel guilty for being unable, in today's economy, to buy high priced products raised by some ex Berkley hippie in a 50' backyard garden for $15 a lb.

I'm not sure when it became so popular to vilify American agriculture, but here you have it. anyone who was raised in the midwest knows about 'feed corn'- it would be stupid to try to eat it yourself, it's high in complex starches so that ruminants can extract more nutrients from it. it's easy to forget when you really know nothing about farming that people and animals process foods differently.

we have 390 million people in this country and farmers are forced to produce more and more with less and less. the two guys acting as if they were babes in the woods was insulting to the people who do this for a living every day. go starve yourself for a day or so or live only off the foods you yourself can grow and maintain before seeking out movies like this meant to portray our farmers as greedy minions of the evil empire of corporations.

as for all these references to Omnivore's Dilemma- don't let that title mislead you. it's a pro vegan book. any one referencing it and reviewing this movie as a terrible spotlight on how slaughter animals are fed is trying to spook or guilt you into never eating meat again.

get off your asses, America and go visit some real farms instead of watching a lousy crock-umentary like this.

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Release Date:

25 April 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Царица полей See more »

Filming Locations:

Greene, Iowa, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,753, 14 October 2007

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ITVS, Mosaic Films See more »
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Color (HDCAM)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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