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Bitter Harvest (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 May 1981
A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

Director:

Roger Young

Writers:

Frederic Halbert (book), Sandra Halbert (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Ned De Vries
Art Carney ... Walter Peary
Tarah Nutter Tarah Nutter ... Kate De Vries
David Knell ... Brandon
Barry Corbin ... Dr. Agajanian
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Morton Freeman
Michael Bond Michael Bond ... DeJong
Jim Haynie ... Doc
Robert Hirschfeld Robert Hirschfeld ... Harold
G.W. Bailey ... Lazlo
Robert Behling ... Art
Ken Hixon Ken Hixon ... Williams
Dwight Schultz ... Schlatter
Joe Miksak Joe Miksak ... Al
J.E. Freeman ... Farmer #2
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A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosecha amarga See more »

Filming Locations:

Healdsburg, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This true story happened in rural Michigan, and was in court before the citizens were aware that they had been poisoned by Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB), a fire retardant that got inadvertently mixed into cattle feed by the local Farm Bureau. It took two years before the citizens were aware that the beef and milk were toxic. See more »

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Summary of Movie
21 March 2005 | by luv_2_shop_06See all my reviews

This movie was about a dairy farmer who bought some new feed to increase the production of milk from the cows. Cows were getting sick and producing less milk. This mysterious disease started to effect the humans. The farmer got extremely worried because these cows were his life, so he did all he could to save them. At first no one would help him, but then he came upon a Doctor who agreed to help. Numerous tests were run and at first they thought it was "malnutrition." Later it ended up being the chemical PBB. This was causing the cows to have bald-spots of cows, pink-eye, defects in birth, and eventually death. Humans had some of the same symptoms including a rash. This disease was spreading everywhere. The only way in order to get rid of the chemical, all the infected cows had to be terminated.


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