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Okie Noodling


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Product Details

  • Actors: Documentary by Bradley Beesley
  • Directors: Documentary by Bradley Beesley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PKG6GC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

For centuries, a unique breed of fishermen has been catching monster catfish with their bare hands in the rivers and lakes of Oklahoma. Today, the tradition of "noodling" still has Okie anglers hooked. This lively documentary by Bradley Beesley features interviews with hardcore handfishing veterans as well as rousing footage of real noodlers in action. Set against an original musical score by rock band The Flaming Lips, Okie Noodling offers an anecdotal and often hilarious look at a most unusual piece of Midwest American culture. OKIE NOODLING premiered to sold out crowds at the 2001 South by Southwest Film Festival, winning the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD and 1ST RUNNER-UP FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY. BEST DOCUMENTARY 2001 GREAT PLAINS FILM FESTIVAL. Bonus Features include: Filmmaker's Commentary, Outtakes, Exclusive Songs from The Flaming Lips.

Review

"I haven't seen anything as strange and compelling as Okie Noodling." --Chris Gore, Film Threat

"It doesn't get much weirder of more organic than the prehistoric sportsmen of Okie Noodling..." --Village Voice

"Documentarian Bradley Beesley shows genuine, yet winking affection for this staggeringly obscure pastime." --DVDTALK.com

Customer Reviews

Too much of that goes on these days, for my tastes.
Harry P Holmes
While living a completely different lifestyle than the individuals shown in this film, I was very fascinated by their passion for the sport and the sport itself.
David Miller
I've seen short clips on the catching of fish by hand that were more interesting than this.
R. Howard Courtney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Denyer on March 7, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
No fishing poles, line, or lures. These guys stick their hands and arms (even feet!) into these underwater holes and tunnels to grab onto 40-, 50-, 60-pound catfish!
You don't have to be a fisherman or even a sportsman to enjoy this documentary. You'll be amazed at their reasoning for doing it, self-deprecating humor, and even the mini-drama that develops over the filming of the movie. Drama over fishing with your hands?! Yeah, no kidding; real high-school style drama comes to light over the 1st Annual Noodling Contest! Oh, and wait 'till you see who wins Miss Okie Noodling! She's a hoot!
This is one of those DVDs that you throw on when you have 20 of your friends over for a BBQ and you want to laugh at other people. This DVD is a real gem!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Miller on February 4, 2004
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I've lived in Oklahoma all my life and went fishing quite regularly as a kid, but I never heard of Noodling until this film was released. While living a completely different lifestyle than the individuals shown in this film, I was very fascinated by their passion for the sport and the sport itself. Brad Beesley's film shows an entirely different world that most will never even hear of during their lives. I experienced a wide array of thoughts and emotions while watching this film and realized that any sort of passion no matter how seemingly small can be reason to validate one's existence. Also, the film includes some great songs written and performed by The Flaming Lips who never disappoint. Maybe there will be an Okie Noodling II chronicling Wayne Coyne's original thoughts on what Okie Noodling was? Perhaps an extra feature on the "Christmas On Mars" dvd! Watch the Okie Noodling dvd and find out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 2 cents on October 30, 2008
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"I haven't seen anything as strange and compelling as Okie Noodling." --Chris Gore, Film Threat
Hey Chris Gore you sure must be leadin' a pretty sheltered life if this here is the strangest and most compelling thing you ever seen. But I'll agree it sure is pretty compelling and just a little strange. All these guys do is catch big ole catfish with their bare hands. It's a tradition and they call it "noodling". It looks like a lotta fun. I'm a documentary fan and love learning about people and culture. I'd recommend "Okie Noodling" to folks interested in seeing somethan they probably haven't, people that just enjoy a good documentary and those that like the outdoors, especially fishing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bevy on April 6, 2004
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I recieved Okie Noodling today and watched it through. Absolutely fasinating. I had heard tales of "Hand Fishing" from an old fellow that I used to know - mostly I thought it was a lot of baloney to spin an interesting story. After seeing the movie "Big Fish" it made me think back to these stories that I had heard, and do some research. That is how I came to find this DVD (not advertised or known here in the Los Angeles area!). Interesting from start to finish - I have done plenty of pole fishing in my youth, and catfish frys were common in Florida & Georgia. You have to see this DVD to believe that men would catch huge fish with thier bare hands. I am very happy with my purchase! It's always good to learn something new!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bachelier on November 8, 2011
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"Okie Noodling" is about men who enjoy wading into rivers and catching fish with their bare hands. A bit light, given the gravity of the subject, but fun nonetheless. There is nothing like the thrill of catching a huge catfish with your bare hands, and that's just what fishermen have been doing for thousands of years.
This is a documentary by Bradley Beesley, better known for his work on "The Flaming Lips," and whose music is featured here on the soundtrack of this too-short film.
The best part about this film is it is about noodling and real people and their pastime. Jerry Rider, David Baggett, Lee McFarlin, Red Baggett all share their noodling lives after initial reluctance to let Beesley film them at their favorite noodling spots. Whether for ridicule or for fear of giving away their locations is left unanswered, but the sincerity of these men and their sport bespeaks of the latter as the reason.
Which clearly demonstrates that noodling is a sport thrill beyond any other, and why it should be more popular.
Viewers learn that noodlers a) jump in a river where there are snakes, snapping turtles, and catfish, b) submerge in murky muddy water, c) reach into a male fish's hole where he is protecting his female's egg brood, d) get bitten by the fish, and then e) pull the fish out of the water.
Needless to say, it is the greatest thrill in the world, combining man against the unknown and under the deep Babylonian waters from which Ur and Abraham emerged. We reach back in to the womb and grab an alternate screaming reality from it. A monster.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth karg on November 9, 2003
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This movie is fun from start to finish, if there are people in your family who are into fishing this is a must have!
Even people who don't like to fish will find okie noodling entertaining. It is not to be missed.
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