Vernon Florida (1981)
Movie InfoDirector Errol Morris didn't have to exagerrate much when painting an off-the-wall portrait of Vernon, Florida. All he had to do was walk down the street to witness the various oddballs and goofballs populating the small Southern community. Like most eccentrics, Morris' subjects see nothing unusual about their lifestyle, and in fact regard their "normal" neighbors as the weird ones. Happily, there is nothing life-threatening about these Vernon denizens, so the audience is invited to grow fond of them rather than pass empirical judgement. The 60-minute Vernon Florida was given its widest distribution on Public TV. … More
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Critic Reviews for Vernon Florida
Vernon at first appears to be an exploitative display of the fluent eccentricities of a rural compendium and becomes collectively applicable, even relevant.
Audience Reviews for Vernon Florida
While I love Morris, this is not one of his most impressive documentaries. While it does feature an oddly fascinating cast of characters, it could have used a bit more focus. Something to tie these disparate subjects together. Again, Morris does not mock his interviewees. True to it's name, this film is about the lives of the inhabitants of Vernon Florida. Although it may not be as enthralling as the Thin Blue Line or the Fog of War, it is still definitely worth checking out.More
Best quotable lines in any movie ever. Period. You will laugh your face off, then feel bad about it. I love this movie. Each time you watch it, you progress in the characters you like, till you settle on the turkey hunter, old guy with jewl, old man with turtle, and who can not love the man with two shells under the house.More
[font=Century Gothic]"Vernon, Florida" is a documentary by Errol Morris about the citizens of a small Florida town who talk about their daily lives, apparently responding to questions asked off-camera.(It is refreshing that these are not the hyper-articulate talking heads that we have come to expect in documentaries.) In the process, the candences of small-town America are perfectly captured along with man's relationship with nature, which is expressed most vividly by a turkey hunter. [/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Errol Morris would use a more polished version of this documentary style in his 2000 television show, "First Person." What has never changed is his respect for the common man.[/font]
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