Vernon, Florida (1981)

Vernon, Florida


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Director 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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jul 26, 2005

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Critic Reviews for Vernon, Florida

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Morris' first two films are as carefully composed and thematically complex as any scripted drama.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
The Dissolve

engrossing and rather endearing

Full Review… | April 21, 2005

Vernon at first appears to be an exploitative display of the fluent eccentricities of a rural compendium and becomes collectively applicable, even relevant.

Full Review… | September 9, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Documentary about small town life in Florida in 1981. Engaging.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

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.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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