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R| 1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary offers a glimpse inside the lives of several individuals -- mainly former shrimp workers -- all residing in a Florida trailer park, all with very strange talents and habits. The community's leader is Beanie Andrew, an eccentric man who boasts about his decades-long career as a writer, actor, singer and dancer. Other community members, who unite to create a homespun horror film, include a yodeling country singer and a hot-tempered guitarist.

Cast: Beanie Andrew , Don Arrup , Emily Brannon , Holly Cavanaugh , Matt Elefant , Salvatore Froio , Lance Hallowell , Heidi Horst

Director: Stephen Earnhart

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Artistic License

Mule Skinner Blues (2001)

Release Date: October 5th, 2001|1 hr. 33 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 88
    Boston Globe

    Earnhart's fundamental compassion toward his subjects elevates a riveting work that feels like a hybrid of ''Crumb'' and ''Nashville,'' with maybe a side of ''King of the Hill'' tossed on the barbecue. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    As deliciously eccentric as the real-life characters it chronicles. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    There's nothing more uplifting than a documentary that celebrates a man's capacity to dream, and nothing more depressing than one that mocks those dreams. Stephen Earnhart's Mule Skinner Blues walks the razor's edge between these approaches. show more

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