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Amber Waves (1980)

A drifter stranded in Kansas accepts a job offer from a wheat harvester who, in desperation over his cancer and financial woes, attempts suicide but becomes a father-figure to the young man.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

Ken Trevey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Elroy 'Bud' Burkhardt
Kurt Russell ... Laurence Kendall
Mare Winningham ... Marlene Burkhardt
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Suze Winter
Wilford Brimley ... Pete Alberts
Rossie Harris ... Dougie Burkhardt
Grainger Hines ... Gregg Burkhardt
Eloy Casados ... Dwight Willits
Bill Morey Bill Morey ... Ansel Porter
Michael Talbott ... Tork Torkelson
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ... Russ Hahn (as Robby Weaver)
Penny Fuller ... Fern Jensen
Ted Dykstra
Jack Goth Jack Goth
Kay Grieve Kay Grieve
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Two seemingly disparate men experience powerful life lessons when a wheat harvester gives a hitch-hiking male model a ride on what feels to be the worst day of their lives, at the peak of the war in Vietnam. The harvester has just been diagnosed with cancer, but desperately needs to fulfill a reaping contract, while the male model got himself beaten up in a bar, leading to his firing, and stranding in Kansas. Written by David Stevens

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He was tough, he was hard 'til fate came searching.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bursztynowe fale See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Classic custom combining movie
23 April 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

Everything about this movie is "classic," as far as custom combining movies go. About the only thing wrong with it is maybe too much licentiousness. Weaver and the others do excellent acting. Custom combining is an American tradition since World War II. In the late '70s and early '80s, there were a lot of combining crews, as combines were getting bigger and more comfortable to operate, yet they weren't as modern as today's combines. And a lot of those combines were Canadian-built Massey-Ferguson 760s. This was an ABC TV movie. It was filmed in Canada, though the movie is supposed to occur in the U.S.A. Weaver's character almost kills himself and loses a combine, but the harvest must go on.


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