The Cracker Man

A woman struggles with duty, flirts with possibility, and ultimately survives catastrophic change.

PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
July 1, 2000
60 minutes
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    1999 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival-Best Feature Film
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    1999 Heartland Film Festival-Crystal Heart Award
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    1999 Nashville Independent Film Festival-Featured Selection
  • Producer

    Bruce Kuerten


    John DiJulio

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    The Film

    For nine years, Gloria Turner has nurtured and loved what she has inherited: her family’s farm, a truck, and her great grandfather. On her great grandfather’s 100th birthday, she hires the “Cracker Man” to set off fireworks. His presence on the farm brings more than paper and powder, smoke and noise. The Cracker Man, a classic Southern drama, explores the emotions and actions of three characters whose lives are interwoven through celebration and tragedy in 1940s rural Alabama. Their lives are changed forever by the incendiary bursts of color that shoot through the sky.