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The Fruit Hunters

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Yung Chang

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Plot Summary

The Fruit Hunters travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. The ranks of the fruit-obsessed include adventurers, scientists, fruit detectives and even movie star Bill Pullman, fruit hunters dedicating themselves to searching for and saving rare and exotic fruit, and to creating a Garden of Eden in a world increasingly dominated by industrialized monoculture. A cinematic odyssey through nature and commerce, The Fruit Hunters will change not only the way we look at what we eat but how we view our relationship to the natural world.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Delicious doc is a notch above average foodie fare. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, May 15, 2013

Fresh: Amid many haphazard details and much talk of obsession, the lush work by cinematographer Mark Ellam is something of a guide, sensuous and outstanding, his macro lens showing the very female wonder of fruit. – Daphne Howland, Village Voice, May 7, 2013

Fresh: Hearing the personalities describe the transcendent tastes of different fruits has me wanting to hop the next plane to Hawaii just to taste a water apple. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Jul 25, 2013

Fresh: More of a buffet spread than a single plate. But every morsel is worth a taste. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Nov 22, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Delightful, Delicious, Moving

I loved this documentary! It was very interesting and entertaining. I felt well-educated after watching it -- and eager to participate in discovering and preserving the world's diverse bounty. It was beautifully filmed and edited -- I would have been almost as happy just watching it with the sound off. But the soundtrack and the warm-hearted, generous and intelligent people from around the globe make listening imperative. I have never been much of a gardener, but watching this will make you want to go outside and dig your fingers and toes into the earth -- before you run off to the local farmer's markets and Asian groceries looking for exotic fruit from near and far. Monoculture temporarily feeds our bodies -- but what about our souls?

i wanted to like it

this documentary is just all over the place. i don't really know what it's message is. it does raise some good points about conservation and sustainability but in a very muddled mix of other themes, none of which really land. i thought the bill pullman thread was unnecessary, all about how his upscale los angeles neighborhood is starting a community orchard and somehow that's supposed to teach us how to be more sustainable or something. there's lots of close ups of people slurping on fruit with saliva sounds and yummy mmmm's, which i found annoying. there's some cheesy reenactments of cavemen eating fruit that cheapen it. also, some bonafide kooks, yes some of them are charming and fun to watch, but they shouldn't be making the ecological and political points they espouse (at least not on camera) because they just aren't capable of doing it in a cogent way and it does their cause a disservice. the saving grace of this film is the skilled and beautiful camera work although sometimes it does feel heavy handed, bordering on fruit porn.

Fruit Hunters

Rental Problem; Great start to the movie but about half way thru the screen freezes…Not sure who or how to fix…would like to watch the last half, as it is an excellent documentary

The Fruit Hunters
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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