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Amber Waves (1980)

A drifter stranded in Kansas accepts a job offer from a wheat harvester who, in desperation over his cancer and financial woes, attempts suicide but becomes a father-figure to the young man.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

Ken Trevey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Elroy 'Bud' Burkhardt
Kurt Russell ... Laurence Kendall
Mare Winningham ... Marlene Burkhardt
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Suze Winter
Wilford Brimley ... Pete Alberts
Rossie Harris ... Dougie Burkhardt
Grainger Hines ... Gregg Burkhardt
Eloy Casados ... Dwight Willits
Bill Morey Bill Morey ... Ansel Porter
Michael Talbott ... Tork Torkelson
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ... Russ Hahn (as Robby Weaver)
Penny Fuller ... Fern Jensen
Ted Dykstra
Jack Goth Jack Goth
Kay Grieve Kay Grieve
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Storyline

Two seemingly disparate men experience powerful life lessons when a wheat harvester gives a hitch-hiking male model a ride on what feels to be the worst day of their lives, at the peak of the war in Vietnam. The harvester has just been diagnosed with cancer, but desperately needs to fulfill a reaping contract, while the male model got himself beaten up in a bar, leading to his firing, and stranding in Kansas. Written by David Stevens

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He was tough, he was hard 'til fate came searching.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bursztynowe fale See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Well produced TV movie with good acting and interesting plot
2 April 2009 | by laurence-48See all my reviews

I agree with all the other reviewers in that this is quite a well made movie, however you don't have watch too closely to see that actually not a lot of wheat gets cut by these custom cutters. In scenes with the combines, they spend most of their time just driving aimlessly around an already cut field in the dark or even worse making it appear like they are cutting wheat by in fact just driving the machine through some scrub grass. Some minimal stock footage was used of combines in wheat but it amounts to seconds of the film.

Its sad that the movie could not have had the chance to get some decent shots of the machines doing the job.

This is the only major factual fault in what really is a well produced, directed and acted TV movie.


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