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Bitter Harvest (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 May 1981
A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

Director:

Roger Young

Writers:

Frederic Halbert (book), Sandra Halbert (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Ned De Vries
Art Carney ... Walter Peary
Tarah Nutter Tarah Nutter ... Kate De Vries
David Knell ... Brandon
Barry Corbin ... Dr. Agajanian
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Morton Freeman
Michael Bond Michael Bond ... DeJong
Jim Haynie ... Doc
Robert Hirschfeld Robert Hirschfeld ... Harold
G.W. Bailey ... Lazlo
Robert Behling ... Art
Ken Hixon Ken Hixon ... Williams
Dwight Schultz ... Schlatter
Joe Miksak Joe Miksak ... Al
J.E. Freeman ... Farmer #2
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A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosecha amarga See more »

Filming Locations:

Healdsburg, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This true story happened in rural Michigan, and was in court before the citizens were aware that they had been poisoned by Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB), a fire retardant that got inadvertently mixed into cattle feed by the local Farm Bureau. It took two years before the citizens were aware that the beef and milk were toxic. See more »

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Ron Howard, Thank You For The Great Memory & Movie
17 April 2004 | by debgdrSee all my reviews

I can't say enough about this movie especially since much of it was filmed in my home town of Healdsburg, California. The production studio rented the "Iceberg Cafe" where I worked as a young man and I had the opportunity not only to meet Ron and the rest of the cast but also we catered their lunches while they filmed there over several days. I was only 16 but Ron being the genuinely Nice person treated me like a good, good friend.

I baked apple pies, (Just Like Shirley Taught me) for the crew and offered Ron a fresh hot slice in between shootings. We set at the counter and talked about mostly me, (Go Figure)

He was very personable and was/is a great guy....

I hope this movie comes out in DVD and when it does, I highly Recommend it! I give it 10 STARS & 2 THUMBS UP...


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