A Canadian farmer takes on a giant corporation after their GMOs interfere with his crops.

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Clark Johnson
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Christopher Walken ... Percy Schmeiser
Roberta Maxwell ... Louise Schmeiser
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pathy Aiyar ... Vasu Pandit
Monique Alvarez ... Jane Doe
Adam Beach ... Alton Kelly
Zach Braff ... Jackson Weaver
Andrea del Campo ... Brenda Kelly
Martin Donovan ... Rick Aarons
Warren Ellis ... Mill Worker
Zoe Fish ... Mary Schmeiser
Ernesto Griffith Ernesto Griffith ... Washington Post Reporter
Dean Harder ... Bob Black
Anna Hardwick ... UK News Anchor
Melissa Hood ... Meghan Lewis-O'Connor
Luke Kirby ... Peter Schmeiser
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Based on events from a 1998 lawsuit, PERCY follows small-town farmer Percy Schmeiser, who challenges a major conglomerate when the company's genetically modified (GMO) canola is discovered in the 70-year-old farmer's crops. As he speaks out against the company's business practices, he realizes he is representing thousands of other disenfranchised farmers around the world fighting the same battle. Suddenly, he becomes an unsuspecting folk hero in a desperate war to protect farmers' rights and the world's food supply against what they see as corporate greed.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci previously appeared together in Sleepy Hollow (1999). See more »

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A Simple Underdog Story
7 May 2021 | by joker-4See all my reviews

Percy Vs Goliath tells the true tale of a Canadian farmer who duels with Big Business after genetically-modified crops disrupt his pastoral life. Seed cultivation is this farmer's lifeblood. When storm clouds arrive in the opening scene - during church, setting up a helluva metaphorical forecast - the farm is the only salvation he wishes to preserve. Later, once Percy picks up his sling as he prepares for battle, the future of farming becomes his ministry.

Unlike the holy crusade in Erin Brockovich, or the desire for truth as shown in The Insider, Percy is not looking to become a mythical spokesperson. He simply wants to farm. Yet, similar to David in his biblical battle, he finds himself anointed.

Percy Vs Goliath is a simple story told in a big way, yet remains fully grounded as an underdog story with its eventual victory firmly planted in the earth.

This polite Canadian movie seeks to elicit the beating heart of the good, everyman. Humble at times. Eye-opening when required. Clark Johnson works to elevate the movie with a classic indie feel. Tight, contemplative moments in dark, dusty barns are coupled with the bright, sweeping landscapes of Manitoba and Mumbai. Percy has an elegant, polished feel.

Christopher Walken gives a fine Walken-ian performance. Surprisingly, Walken has truly embraced the role of the elder statesman. He becomes a grandpa with his subdued flannel and an old man belly and it is good.

Walken, along with Johnson and writers Garfield Miller and Hilary Pryor, plant Schmeiser's role as a reluctant hero. He is a quiet man and when he does speak, such sentiments come from his heart. His speeches come naturally as does his comfort with his wife (Roberta Maxwell), his apprehension with Rebecca, all the while dealing with his quirky lawyer (Zach Braff, channelling his best Ray Romano).

As nice as the movie looks, and as refreshingly positive as the story becomes, there is not enough meat to make this a fully satisfying meal.


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30 April 2021 (USA) See more »

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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