Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a bank’s plans to take over the land for more profitable farming.
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They're stupid, lazy and dishonest but John Ford tells us that they can be as heroic as the ones who stayed in History. Just check the scene of the Lesters's journey to the poorhouse. Highly recommended.
It begins as a delirious satire to social stereotypes of the underdeveloped america. There is too much yelling and the characters seem more "puppets" than humans. But as the film evolves, Ford introduces a beautiful portrait of survival in hard times of change, in a battle between the city and the countryside, in one of his most unpredictable and touching works. Loved the little roles of Gene Tierney and Ward Bond.