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The Pursuit of Excellence: Lords of the Gourd
The Pursuit of Excellence Lords of the Gourd
Actor: n/a
Director: Mark Lewis
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2007     1hr 0min

The extreme gardeners who compete at the annual Cooperstown Weigh Off have one obsessive goal - to raise the biggest pumpkin in the world. These gurus of the gourd nurture their fruits through harsh weather, floods, animal...  more »


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Actor: n/a
Director: Mark Lewis
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 09/18/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Entertaining and Educational
George Roark | Cleveland, OH | 04/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video does a top notch job at capturing the trials, tribulations and elation that can be part of raising a giant pumpkin and entering it into a competition. Very funny at times--the producer did an excellent job in relaying the dreams and nightmares of these pumpkin growers as the season progressed.

There is some how-to information, but this is mostly individual growers preferences. It is nice to see the contrast in techniques because it highlights that there are many ways to approach raising a prized fruit.

I'm going to try my hand at a Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin this year, so I'll be re-watching this video through the season for inspiration and an idea here and there."
Hilarious! What an authentic documentary
T. Romero | Pacific Northwest | 10/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great movie! If it weren't for a small snippet about pumpkin sex (wrapping the flowers in pantyhose to prevent fertilization), I would show this to my class because we are studying giant pumpkins. I watched it on TV last week and had to own it. My mom watched it with me last night and she just loved it too. It is funny, tender and genuine Americana. You will love it, too!"