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Troubled Waters

Insatiable film lover that I am, I’ve been catching up on hidden gems missed in my decades-long career of movie watching. I recently caught Macon County Line, the brainchild of Max Baer and one of the most successful indies ever made. Baer became a household name playing Jethro Bodine in the ‘60s hit sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies, and when the show ran its course, he was so typecast he couldn’t find work. Baer fought back by writing a screenplay, casting himself in a supporting role, putting on his producer’s hat and beating Hollywood at its own game. Made for a little over $100,000, Macon County Line was a cult smash that eventually earned over $35 million in movie houses and rentals. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. Admittedly, the...

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