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#1 of 23 Old 12-29-2007, 12:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm trying to think of some good movies that have homesteading in them. So far, I've come up with:

The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Hillary and Jackie


Any other good ones?
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I'm trying to think of some good movies that have homesteading in them.
Any other good ones?

I think it was called "Off the Grid" or "Off the Road". Good.
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Off the Map...it was excellent, as was Ballad of Jack and Rose.
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There's always the TV series The Good Life (also known as Good Neighbors). It's a British sitcom from the 70s; it's available from netflix.

I also like the documentary Alone in the Wilderness, I see it every so often on PBS, usually during pledge week. http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index...ductId=2456246

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Off the Map...it was excellent, as was Ballad of Jack and Rose.
Off the Map......
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Thanks! My Netflix queue has a few more entries now.

Meanwhile I thought of another one: Ethan Frome
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Dh and I just watched Alone in the Wilderness. It was really cool to watch him build his cabin. Thanks for the suggestion.
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There's always the TV series The Good Life (also known as Good Neighbors). It's a British sitcom from the 70s; it's available from netflix.
Oh gosh I remember watching that every week as a kid. Fond memories.
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Jeremiah Johnson kinda has some homesteading in it. it's with Robert Redford and is from 1970.

Frontier House by PBS, it's a reality TV show that has modern people try to live like they did in 1883 in the Montana mountains.

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Pioneer quest was a FANTASTIC series in canada, like fronteir house but ohhh so much better.

we got it from the library
http://www.kvie.org/programs/bytitle/pioneerquest.htm
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May not exactly be what you are looking for but,
I like
The Egg and I, and
Sourdough
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Frontier House by PBS, it's a reality TV show that has modern people try to live like they did in 1883 in the Montana mountains.
I LOVED that show! I wonder if I can get it on dvd or find it at the library...
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Pioneer quest was a FANTASTIC series in canada, like fronteir house but ohhh so much better.

we got it from the library
http://www.kvie.org/programs/bytitle/pioneerquest.htm
Oh man, I wish I could find that series....I LOVED Frontier House and I've heard that Pioneer Quest was even better, as the participants had to really stay in their cabins through the winter.

How did you get it from the library? As far as I can tell it's never been released on DVD. I can't find it anywhere for sale, nor does my library have it.

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Oh man, I wish I could find that series....I LOVED Frontier House and I've heard that Pioneer Quest was even better, as the participants had to really stay in their cabins through the winter.

How did you get it from the library? As far as I can tell it's never been released on DVD. I can't find it anywhere for sale, nor does my library have it.
We got it from the Denver library on VHS tapes. Do you have a VCR? You couyld possibly request thru an interlibrary loan.

Just wonderful. We also got Frontier house thru the library as well.
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How about The Wilderness Family

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Wil...9588183&sr=8-4

My family always watched it when I was a kid!

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Oh man, I wish I could find that series....I LOVED Frontier House and I've heard that Pioneer Quest was even better, as the participants had to really stay in their cabins through the winter.

How did you get it from the library? As far as I can tell it's never been released on DVD. I can't find it anywhere for sale, nor does my library have it.
They do show it on PBS every once in awhile- I saw Pioneer Quest on my local PBS station. And I agree, it was better than Frontier House. Waayyy less of the families sniping at each other.

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I just saw Cross Creek. Its about the author who wrote The Yearling. Pretty inspiring. Tough lady.
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I have a copy of Colonial House that is along the same lines....although it's kind of light on the explanations of how they do things and heavier on the interpersonal drama...but there is some useful/interesting stuff about colonial life in there.

I don't know if you are interested in books, but a great book i checked out at the library was "back from the land" about all the hippies (or that generation) who went out, did homesteading, and then for one reason or another "rejoined" civilization (well not all of them in the book did but many of them). The interesting part was them talking about the challenges of the life, whether or not they were ready for it, how aging affected them, challenges with money, etc. Not a movie but a really interesting read.


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I've never heard of any of these. Some of them sound really good. Thanks! But wait... Hmmm.... can you really watch a movie if you are truly homesteading Just kiddin...
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I remember my mom took me to see a movie called "Heartland" when I was a teenager. I seem to remember a woman and her daughter alone on the homestead...and I'm positive there's a birth scene, too.

Ok, here's a summary:

A recent widow (Conchita Ferrell) and her daughter (Megan Folsom) travel to Wyoming in 1910, to work as housekeeper for a stern rancher (Rip Torn). Once there she decides to try and homestead a piece of land of her own, but the year that follows is full of harsh weather and isolation. A moving drama about life on the frontier, well acted and understated. Based on the real-life frontier diaries of Elinore Randall Stewart.
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I have a copy of Colonial House that is along the same lines....although it's kind of light on the explanations of how they do things and heavier on the interpersonal drama...but there is some useful/interesting stuff about colonial life in there.

I don't know if you are interested in books, but a great book i checked out at the library was "back from the land" about all the hippies (or that generation) who went out, did homesteading, and then for one reason or another "rejoined" civilization (well not all of them in the book did but many of them). The interesting part was them talking about the challenges of the life, whether or not they were ready for it, how aging affected them, challenges with money, etc. Not a movie but a really interesting read.


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i like Colonial House too, although even better is Tales From the Green VAlley, although unfortunatly it's only available in Britain. i have it on DVD but have to watch it on my laptop since it's in the British format. it's 5 historians and archeologists living on a 1620 farm in Wales, really interesting and very informative. it was shown on TVO in Ontario 2 years ago.


I also love "Back from the LAnd" it's a really interesting book. also good is "Meanwhile, Next Door to the GOod Life" written by a neighbor of the Nearings.

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Everyone should read "Back From the Land"! It's such a good account of counter-cultural "back-to-the-landers" of the 70's who went to homestead to get away from The Man, and what their experiences were (especially from the women's pov). Even though it sounded really, really hard, they all talk about it with a lot of happiness, looking back.
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