Vernon, Florida began life as Nub City, a documentary about the inhabitants of a small Florida town who lop off their limbs for insurance money. "They literally became a fraction of themselves to become whole financially", Morris wryly commented. The film had to be rethought when Morris' subjects threatened to murder him. The resulting Vernon, Florida is an oddball survey of the eccentric inhabitants of a remote swamp-town in the Florida panhandle. Henry Shipes, Albert Bitterling, Roscoe Collins and others discuss turkey hunting, gator grunting and the meaning of life. In the masterful hands of Morris, their obsessions and eccentricities reveal the heart and soul of an unabashedly unique and unforgettable slice of the American pie. Praised for its philosophical slapstick, there's an element of Buster Keaton to the exquisitely deadpan comic timing.
Albert Bitterling, Roscoe Collins, George Harris, Joe Payne, Howard Pettis, Claude Register, Snake Reynolds, Henry Shipes