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Growin' a Beard

Scott McAfee , Richard Smith , Mike Woolf  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Scott McAfee, Richard Smith, Roy Wardlow
  • Directors: Mike Woolf
  • Producers: Mike Woolf
  • Format: Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Aspyr Media Inc
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VLYWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Growin' a Beard" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 Hilarious Audio Commentary tracks
  • "How not to make a documentary" A collection of funny scenes from the Annual Beard Growing Competition
  • Outtakes- Funny scenes that didn't make the film
  • The Shamrock SlideShow - behind the scenes photos of the GAB production Austin, TX Premiere - Featurette of the film's SXSW Film Festival premiere
  • "The 72 oz. Steak" - a 10 minute short about eating a gigantic steak at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX. Full original soundtrack CD from the Gourds
  • NTSC

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Growin' a Beard is a documentary that follows the men of Shamrock, TX - and a hairy outsider- as they compete in the town's annual Beard Growing Contest. Since 1938, it's been a tradition in Shamrock to grow a beard from New Year's Day to St. Patrick's Day. But not just any beard - A Donegal beard. A Donegal grows along the jowl and chin with no mustache - like the Amish or Leprachaun's. Then, on the morning of St. Patrick's Day right before the big parade, they face off on Main Street Route 66 and are judged to see who has the best Donegal. In this year's contest the competition is fierce. There is Richard Smith who only enters - and wins - every 10 years. Bill Howe takes little green pills that turn his beard green. Roy Wardlow paints his green. And there is a dark horse competing. His name is Scotty McAfee. He has an amazing ability to grow hair and has finally found the contest to prove it. The DVD also comes packaged with the soundtrack performed by the Gourds.


"Captures both the contest's tongue-in-cheek competitiveness and the town's sense of community born out of tradition" -- Austin Chronicle

"It is very, very funny" -- John Kelso- Austin American Statesman

Best Documentary Short Finalist -- 2003 SXSW Film

It's a cross between Hands On A Hardbody and Vernon, Florida" -- The Director's Mom

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FILM! THE GOURDS! THE BEST! What a surprise. October 31, 2003
By A Customer
From the film to the DVD extras to the amazing interface, not to mention the full, original soundtrack by Austin, TX super-group, The Gourds, this DVD is great. This is a gift anyone would love to get. You can't duplicate this kind of authenticity. We're Shamrock bound!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it December 10, 2003
I loved this movie and I am not usually the documentary type. Very funny. Great characters in the town. Worth it for sure. Great music to boot. My kids love the music! We play the music all the time for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! August 27, 2008
The movie is great for all! You will find the people to be real and just enjoying fun and life! One of the men is my Dad-Roy. I think he is the coolest man around and I know he does color his beard green for the contest and I think he looks great! It is fun to watch. ENJOY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but fun. July 4, 2014
By DanielR
Good documentry, but a little short. Understand it is only 30 minutes long, but a fun watch. The soundtrack that comes with it is also fun. I only wish it were a little longer. More interviews by the contestents or towns folk would have made this a perfect watch. All the same, for someone like me who loves my beard and anything about beards, it is worth owning.
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