• Mule Skinner Blues (2001)

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Release Date: October 5th, 2001

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 2003

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

Production Co: Solaris, Bean-Tyle Productions, Steel Carrot

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

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

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