In “At Any Price,” out Friday, Dennis Quaid plays a Midwestern farmer with a rebellious son, a zillion acres of land and corn. Lots and lots of corn. He joins the crowded field of movie farmers.
The Joad Family
In John Ford’s 1940 adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath,” the Joads are forced off their land thanks to the Dust Bowl, so they head out to California, which is where things really start to suck.
He built it, and they came in the 1989 yay-for-dads-baseball-and-America tearjerker “Field of Dreams.” Good thing for ol’ Ray that the whole magic field thing worked out.
We’re not sure if Richard Farnsworth’s character in 1999’s amazing “The Straight Story” is a farmer, but he does ride his tractor across the country to visit his sick brother. So let’s give him an honorary John Deere hat.
The Frake Family
In the 1962 musical “State Fair,” the Frakes go to a, well, state fair with some prize-worthy pickles, one heck of a boar and a grouchy teenager (one heck of a bore).
Arthur H. Hoggett
A good rule for livestock farmers is, “Don’t name your animals, because it’s tough to eat pets.” 1995’s “Babe” proves the exception: If your pig can speak, he avoids becoming bacon. That’ll do.