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Iowa (2005)

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A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.

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Matt Farnsworth

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Farnsworth ... Esper Harte
Diane Foster ... Donna Huffman
John Savage ... Irv Huffman
Rosanna Arquette ... Effie Harte
Michael T. Weiss ... Larry Clarkson
David Backus David Backus ... Nick Slavens
Amanda Tepe ... Dominique
William Wayne ... Joey Wilhoff (as Billy Wayne)
Mickey Jones ... Darrell McNeely
John Tracy John Tracy ... Leo Harte
Muse Watson ... Sheriff Walker
Jack Orend Jack Orend ... Mortician
John Bliss ... Pastor Krause
James Serpento James Serpento ... Gesture Man
Stephen Whitney Stephen Whitney ... Tweeker
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A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.

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They don't just grow corn here anymore.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mystic, Iowa, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Full Fathom 5 See more »
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Black and White (some sequences)| Color
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Esper Harte: [pointing a gun at Larry] Drop your pants; I wanna see *your* penis.
Larry Clarkson: What?
Esper Harte: Drop your goddamn pants; I wanna see your penis!
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A harsh look at drugs in the heartland
9 January 2007 | by joel_the_ghoulSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on a trip to Iowa, and not knowing much about Matt Farnsworth, the director (or the subject of meth, for that matter), I had no preconceived expectations, but walked away impressed and educated by a first-time filmmaker's jarring exploration into addiction.

Though Farnsworth doesn't quite explore the psychology of drug addiction as much as he could, the frenetic, visual representation illustrates the world of meth from a user's perspective, providing a sharp contract to the small town setting of the film. Farnsworth is capable in the lead role, but its Michael T. Weiss's turn as a sadistic, power-tripping sheriff that steals the show.

A couple of complaints: Fransworth occasionally goes for shock value, mistaking it for a message of rude awakening. And the hand-held, store-bought-video-camera interludes of the Iowa landscape seem forced and shlocky. The landscape means very little to the film (presumably less than Farnsworth thinks it does, since the movie is named for the state it resides in), as this story could be easily translated to any city (big or small) in the states.

I've read Farnsworth has been leading an anti-meth crusade, and while that's honorable, I hope (for selfish reason) that he has not abandoned directing for this higher calling. I can't wait to see what he does with his second go-round.


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