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A Place at the Table [Blu-ray] (2012)

Jeff Bridges  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B9GL9KY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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50 Million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vital Message March 1, 2013
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I have been waiting for this to premier. I am the director of an emergency food program. The pantry feeds several area families each week and the need continues to grow. We pray for the day that we will go out of business, because no one needs our help. In the meantime, I am grateful that artists put together documentaries like this. Our communities can be so segregated, that the rich can't begin to relate to the poor. When we solicit for donations, we have had people tell us that there are no hungry in our town. This film raises awareness regarding the responsibility that we have toward one another. We are to care for those who can't help themselves. The other day at the pantry, I spoke with a guest who had recently lost her job and was forced to turn to the food pantry for help. The kicker was she was very well-versed on the issue of hunger-insecurity. Before she fell on hard times, she worked with local food banks and pantries. Now she needed to visit one herself. They say we are all a paycheck or two away. The speakers in the film were right. The food pantries and food banks cannot and should not be the answer for hungry families in this country. We need to be considered temporary help. We need to encourage the government to responsibly fund legislature that would support families who can't quite make ends meet. Like the one gentleman said, if feeding the hungry isn't the priority, he doesn't know what is. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger is an important issue. March 2, 2013
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This film is important. It shines a light on hunger in America. There just isn't enough support for those who need it. The Government should step up the programs to help people in this nation have healthy and nutritious meals. The film talks about food stamps and school programs. The film failed to illustrate exactly how education could be changed. There was a teacher passing around a melon, but that's not going to be enough. Schools need their own gardens.

This isn't a place for a rant. Watch this film. Start thinking about how you and I can end hunger. Meanwhile, put pressure on Government to make sure kids aren't starving. Mention that sugar isn't food while you have them on the phone.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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A very profound documentary! I thought I was aware of the hunger problem in this country. I certainly was not. This film should be mandatory viewing for each and every citizen. Well done! I only hope changes will be made!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really got me to think March 3, 2013
Format:DVD
This book and film are must read, must see.
As for the issue of hunger and malnutrition in the US, I've worked at various feeding programs including City Harvest. I'm also a single mom. Ive been on food stamps. And I know that the issue of hunger and malnutrition/child obesity is entwined with the issue of female poverty and the status of women . Divorce laws that leave women with a drop in socioeconomic status, lower female wages, and a minimum wage that hasnt kept pace with the cost of living combine to create a situation where single mothers are often working more than one job, with little time to shop and cook healthy meals. or to afford the ingredients, or to afford the neighborhoods where the ingredients are sold. These women arent just poor or stretched financially, they are stretched for time as well. Soup kitchens and food pantries help but not really-- the food is usually salty, starchy, and fatty at a soup kitchen and pantries stock canned goods and packaged processed food. What these families need are Meals on Wheels, healthy prepared meals that are easy to reheat and serve. The Meals on Wheels program has had solid success in improving the nutrition of seniors. I propose that we do the same for poor families now.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should have been. September 10, 2013
By sskrill
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As others have said, this film is lacking. It didn't address most of the contributing factors of why people go hungry, and it certainly didn't offer much in the way of solutions. There were a lot of macro explanations to why things are as they are, but they were very generic and not particularly enlightening.

The family in Colorado was difficult to empathize with as it seemed like there was something wrong with the whole family - not that they were just hungry. They had at least 5 pets that I saw, including a horse, which is not cheap to maintain. If you can't feed your children how are you feeding a horse? That house was just beyond ... how does someone make their children sleep on a filthy laundry room floor? I felt bad for their daughter as it appears she has no real future ahead of her. I don't understand how so many adults in that household were failing those children so badly.

Barbie seemed like a smart woman and I wish her well. Given the proper opportunities I think she will succeed.

I really wish they would have addressed details in these stories rather than vague "lost his/her job" comments. Was Barbie getting child support? Did she have family to assist? Where was the childrens father(s)? How many people in the Colorado household were working? How were they feeding the animals? Were they breeding the dogs for extra income?

It did provide some useful details about how certain areas are more effected and why, and the sheer numbers of people being effected by this issue.

Its not a bad film but it could have been better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative with all the processed food were taking. ...
Very informative with all the processed food were taking..problem is there is not much choices.I think that is why we have a sick
population particularly on our young people... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Philip L.
1.0 out of 5 stars Marxist Trash and Poison mixed with Truth
It seems that the majority of these documentaries being produced recently are just Marxism wrapped up in a veil of partial truth. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should watch this, I'm letting all my friends know about it
Published 6 days ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is great that it shows us the truth of the society
The movie is great that it shows us the truth of the society. I can learn other people's life from this movie. I believe there are a lot of people want to help and are helping. Read more
Published 6 days ago by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars great follow up to the first
Really informative, great follow up to the first, moving.
Published 13 days ago by Leslie E. Schweinle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary about food insecurity in the US. Well made and...
This movie does an excellent job of exposing the huge number of people in the US who are food insecure, which literally means they do not know where their next meal is coming from. Read more
Published 15 days ago by E. McNamara
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information but no call to action
Like a lot of the other food documentaries out there, this one was well-crafted and poignant. The interviewees' stories were very touching and illustrated the darker realities... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sam Nemanich
5.0 out of 5 stars Government gave them what they wanted but took away what they NEEDED!...
A sad reality-This was the best documentary Iv'e seen in a while. I absolutely will get involved with doing more for our kids. Read more
Published 26 days ago by KRISTI
5.0 out of 5 stars ... trying to finish watching it but it is a great jocial justice...
Im still trying to finish watching it but it is a great jocial justice movie
Published 28 days ago by YAEL HOFFMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
I loved this documentary. It helped to change the way I think about and buy food. All thanks to T-bone and Jeff Bridges for all the work that went into making this film.
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