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The Rough South of Larry Brown (2002)

The life and works of Oxford, Miss. fireman-turned-writer Larry Brown are examined in a unique documentary format that incorporates narrative film adaptations of three of his short stories:... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Will Patton ... Frank in 'Samaritans'
Natalie Canerday ... Woman in 'Samaritans'
Dakota Smith Dakota Smith ... Boy in Bar in 'Samaritans'
Paul Schneider ... Voice-over / Man in 'Wild Thing' (voice)
Kendra Cover ... Wild Thing
Gaye-Taylor Upchurch Gaye-Taylor Upchurch ... Wife in 'Wild Thing'
Vic Chesnutt Vic Chesnutt ... Narrator in 'Boy & Dog'
Justin Stone ... Boy in 'Boy & Dog'
Brent Burditt Brent Burditt ... Hero in 'Boy & Dog'
Larry Brown Larry Brown ... Fire Chief in 'Boy & Dog'
David Gordon Green ... Fireman in 'Boy & Dog'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Clackum Scott Clackum ... Mustang Driver


The life and works of Oxford, Miss. fireman-turned-writer Larry Brown are examined in a unique documentary format that incorporates narrative film adaptations of three of his short stories: Samaritans, Wild Thing, and Boy & Dog. Written by Sam Froelich

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June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Ledford, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Gritty, seasoned writer portrayed with mature voice
23 October 2003 | by flowagrowlaSee all my reviews

Gary Hawkins' complex achievement shows that he, himself, is truly a gifted writer and revealer of American southern literature, while developing the fascinating and appealing struggles of living and working in Mississippi as an artist.

We are instantly drawn into the gritty, dark, and unashamed world of Larry Brown through his side projects, his humble beginnings, and most importantly, his wife. While it could have been easy to delve into a cliche and trite exposition of any artist's work, Brown's fiction requires depth of emotion and thought. Just as the viewer (not a reader of Brown) might begin to wonder what is so special about this writer, Hawkins presents his own visual renditions of several of Brown's stories, capturing the empathy and curiosity of most anyone.

Further, the way in which Hawkins weaves these pieces of fiction into the life and stories of Larry Brown is little short of masterful storytelling. Brown's past comes to life through his confessions, his doubts, and the unabashed admissions of his wife. One cannot help but wonder what relationship the director, Hawkins, developed with his subjects throughout the lengthy filmmaking process and what relationship possibly survives still.

Some of the film's overall strengths also lie in the soundtrack by Vic Chesnutt and the grittiness conveyed through "Samaritans" and "Wild Thing." To see this film is to feel as if you've spent an hour or two with Brown on his back porch, sipping some of whatever he has in his own glass.

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