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Actor: prairie dogs
Director: Doug Hawes-Davis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
NR     1998     1hr 31min

Varmints is a powerful, engaging, and surprisingly humorous expose of the strained relations between people and wildlife in the American West...artfully unravels the controversy surrounding this unassuming little rodent, l...  more »


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Actor: prairie dogs
Director: Doug Hawes-Davis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
Studio: High Plains Films
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/30/1998
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Director's Cut
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Disrespect for the Lord's creation.
Preston C. Enright | Denver, CO United States | 02/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Varmints" is about the relentless attack on prairie dogs. Sometimes with poison gas, sometimes by "sport" hunters, sometimes by the destruction of their habitat. It was interesting to hear the different rationales people have for wanting them dead; and then to hear from others about how feeble the rationales are. It reminds me of how people are propagandized to go to war. . . there's always a campaign to devalue the lives of "the other," including derogatory labels (i.e. - "Islamo-fascists," "illegals," "varmints"). And as with our wars against people, this war against communities of animals is a big revenue generator for the gun industry. Some gun-makers have special models like "The Varmint Hunter," and each year millions of rounds of bullets are shot across the plains where prairie dogs live. The film speaks with hunters, ranchers, and wildlife biologists who have studied these creatures. It was interesting to learn that the prairie dogs have a particular squeak they make when they see a person, and another squeak for when they see a person with a gun.

Hopefully, with a growing environmental movement - including evangelical "creation care" activists - this sort of sadistic destruction of a species will be outgrown.
I'd also recommend the other documentaries that "High Plains Films" has made ("The Naturalist," "Killing Coyote" and others).

Grandfather Great Spirit
All over the world the faces of living ones are alike.
With tenderness they have come up out of the ground.
Look upon your children that they may face the winds
and walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.
Grandfather Great Spirit
Fill us with the Light.
Give us the strength to understand,
and the eyes to see.
Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives
to all that live.
-Lakota Prayer"