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Vernon, Florida (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy | 8 October 1981 (USA)
A documentary on the eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida.

Director:

Errol Morris
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Credited cast:
Albert Bitterling Albert Bitterling ... Himself
Roscoe Collins Roscoe Collins ... Himself
George Harris George Harris ... Himself
Joe Payne Joe Payne ... Himself
Howard Pettis Howard Pettis ... Himself
Claude Register Claude Register ... Himself
Snake Reynolds Snake Reynolds ... Himself
Henry Shipes Henry Shipes ... Himself
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Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida. A few examples? The preacher giving a sermon on the definition of the word "Therefore," and the obsessive turkey hunter who speaks reverentially of the "gobblers" he likes to track down and kill. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вернон, штат Флорида See more »

Filming Locations:

Vernon, Florida, USA

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Originally titled Nub City, this follow-up to Gates of Heaven was initially focused on residents of the Southern town who cut off their own limbs as a way to collect insurance money. After Morris's life was threatened by the subjects of the film, he re-worked Nub City into Vernon, Florida. See more »

Quotes

Henry Shipes: Listen to that sound? Hear that sound? Getting in an out of trees? That flop-flop sound? Mm, that sound will sure mistake you for turkeys. Listen. Hear that flop-flop. Limbs breaking. Hear that good flop, then? Listening to that gives me the turkey fever. Mm, I wish there were as many turkeys as there are buzzards.
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Featured in A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000) See more »

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Creepily eccentric at times, quietly poignant at others equals excellence
11 July 2003 | by irvingcSee all my reviews

I was fortunate when it came to viewing Vernon, Florida. It's a very small world in Hollywood and outside of that circle it seems you're lucky to know anybody. In documentary film-making I'd imagine that world shrinks even further with the film maker's and assistants spread out few and far between. While studying film production in West Palm, Florida I was lucky enough to have a teach who was a former student of Errol Morris. My opinion must have been in favor of thumbs up for Vernon - simply because our class was given more insight. An average viewer might shrug and scoff "Vernon" for being just an hour or so worth of candid interviews with crazy local yocals who have such a distorted view of reality their opinions just seem ludicrous. With a small introduction by Morris himself and highlights of Vernon by our teacher Mike -- the experience was more nostalgic, like watching embarrassing home movies of people you know. There's more behind "Vernon" then I think people realize, And much more explicitness to the likings of Snake the turkey hunter and others. The real crime here is that almost no one will ever know about it. The subtext sort of hangs in limbo because there's no narration and only so much we can learn about these people that they're not willing to reveal on their own. Still, this is the early work of a master docu film maker. It's the earliest example of how Morris' favorite angle for the depiction of society is through the wormhole everyone seems to hide the dark side. Something he explained with almost shocking tenacity in Mr. Death - perhaps his best work. Vernon, Florida is a freakfest, a splash of cold water that reality doesn't look the way you think it does. It's flat and unblinkingly straightforward and best of all... like it's characters, it doesn't seem to care in making much of a point, which ironically is the point itself.


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