8 Farming movies That Grew More Than Wheat

Sunday, February 26 by Loretta Arnold

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Who knows what farmers are getting up to, way out in those fields? Could be anything. Just because there's wheat and corn, doesn't mean that's all that's out there. A farm's inherent mysteriousness has made for some pretty interesting movies over the years. Rogue in their own right, the eight flicks from the sticks grew more than wheat in these cream of the crop films!

"Motel Hell"

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Farmer Vincent and sister Ida live by Vincent's motto:  It takes all kinds of critters…to make Farmer Vincent's fritters. The secret ingredient? Humans. They bury their prey in the ground until they are ripe for the roadside stand. Travelers visiting his other business "Motel Hello" check in, but they don't check out. Much like "Soylent Gree," it's made out of people!

"Hemp for Victory"

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USDA allegedly filmed a documentary involving cannabis (hemp) to use towards the war effort of WWII (ropes, cloth, etc). Farmers were to receive enough cannabis seeds to produce 300,000 acres of homegrown by 1943. USDA and the Library of Congress denied the documentary until copies were found in the Library of Congress. The miracle of the internet has helped spread the truth about these farmers who may have been "riding high" in the 40s.

"Signs"

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Widowed Rev. Graham and Merrill Hess take on cornfield aliens with a baby monitor, water, and a baseball bat. The aliens bust in on their farm house and punch astrological signs through the boarded windows. The aliens retreat, leaving one behind. The alien, clueless to asthma, tries to poison the son with gas. The boy's lungs were already closed so he survived. Merrill, the worst baseball player in history bashes glasses of water in an attempt for the alien beat down. Apparently, the aliens were allergic to water, the element which makes up most of the planet. Tactical error, aliens.

"Astronaut Farmer"

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In a post 9/11 setting, a Texan must leave the Air Force and return home to save his family farm. He harvests a rocket in the barn. The FAA and the government catches on to his attempt to purchase rocket fuel and eventually destroys his rocket. The family gathers in assisting in building a second rocket. Dreams can come true! As long as you have the brains of a rocket scientist and a silo to build said rocket. Otherwise, not so much.

"Field of Dreams"

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	When a gorgeous set of drop <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/dead-852/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>dead</a> pro baseball players start showing up in an <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/iowa/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Iowa</a> cornfield, should the farmer be concerned? Not Ray <span data-scayt_word=Kinsella. The Chicago Black Sox ballplayers, who threw the 1919 world series, sent Ray a message. "If you build it, he will come." The farm is losing interest with the potential of foreclosure. Ray builds a baseball diamond. The game begins. The proceeds save the farm, even with the historical inaccuracies (Shoeless Joe).

"Truck Farm"

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Spotted a 1986 Dodge pick-up with 1/1000th-acre in back during 2009? Filmmaker Ian Cheney takes agriculture to another traveling level with his mobile green thumb. The whimsical documentary, released in 2011, shares visits to other communities in exploring their agricultural skills. Mobile farming may end up as the wave of the future, given the dire financial straits some farms find themselves in. Got to keep evolving, folks!

"Son in Law"

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Crawl, portrayed by Pauly Shore, is an off-the-hook flaky fun-loving Californian college student with an invitation to his friend's farm. During the movie his friend, Rebecca, tells her parents that they are engaged. The farming family go in high red flag alert to see just how Crawl will measure in the farming business. One of the funniest farming movies, if you like Pauly Shore. All six of his fans must be jumping for joy.

"Crops"

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Prepare to view a B-rated merger between a crop and "Star Wars." A flick with poor acting, terrible effects, bad computer-generated blood splashing, and an egomaniacal team called Alien Combat Element (A.C.E.), this movie has almost nothing going for it. It is the twenty-first century, and aliens come back to pick up a harvesting crop they left millions of years ago. Somehow, no one ever found it in the intervening eons, but humans need this crop to survive, or something. Whatever, as farming movies go, this one is the chaff, not the wheat.