Touchback features Hollywood version of farming

By Heather Hetterick

Over the past several weeks I’ve noticed the article I wrote about the movie Touchback being filmed on an Ohio farm re-surging in our web stats. It tends to gets substantial views over the weekends.

I didn’t think much of it until last Friday night. My husband and I were looking for a movie to rent and I was surprised to find the movie Touchback available. I was skeptical to watch it because it played at very few movie theaters across the country, yet it was one of the highest rated DVD’s on Redbox.

Since it only cost $1.30 to rent and I was intrigued to watch it after talking with Ohio people who helped film the farm shots and knowing it was based on the strong football legacy in Coldwater, we decided to get it.

Farmers will relate well to the constant bad luck the movie’s star, Scott Murphy, deals with. Football fans will love the well-done action shots on the football field. Everyone will appreciate the story line and take away a positive moral to the story.

Unfortunately, Hollywood got a hold of farming….

****Spoiler Alert****

At the end of the movie most of the town comes to the farm to help hand pick the soybean field. Yes, I said pick with their hands. What a way to ruin a good, wholesome movie-not make it authentic.

My husband said, “You have to be kidding me!”

He decided he was going to pretend all those people were combines in the field.

Now, Jeff Weubker, who helped hook up the movie’s producers with the soybean field and combine, had warned me about this scene, but it was way worse than I imagined.  I mean, seriously, it’s not realistic at all for people to hand pick a 200-acre field of beans.

What would have made the movie authentic and realistic is neighboring farmers pulling in with their combines and wagons to help him get the field off.


While the entire story line might not be authentic, the combine scene was. I had to laugh when the guy from the equipment dealer tells Murphy to ‘be careful’ this is the last header available in the whole state to fit your combine. Now, it would have be a little more realistic if it had been a part to the combine that had been hard to find, especially since it was a well-aged piece of iron he was working with.

While Hollywood get’s in the way of making story truly realistic, it’s a great family movie and one I’d certainly recommend. If you can overlook the hand picking of the soybeans, it’s a beautiful story about choices. If given the chance again, would you make the same choices in your life?

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