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Ben Lanier and Peter Fonda discuss Fonda's part as beekeeper in "Ulee's Gold".

When you look at the spring of 1996, leading manager Victor Nunez purchased a jar of Tupelo honey through the Lanier's stand-in downtown Wewahitchka. He then drove to their household, explained he ended up being likely to make a movie about a beekeeper, and requested Ben and Glynnis to greatly help. Before he knew it, Ben ended up being training star Peter Fonda how to handle bees, and Glynnis, L.L. and Martha were cast as extras. Some of Ben's dialog had been found in the script, and then he worked with the movie team in an effort to make the beekeeping scenes in the movie as true-to-life as you are able to. Every one of the swamp places and bee yards into the movie are part of the Laniers. For anybody which were fortunate enough to see this fine movie, the old truck where the cash was hidden is still there!

Fonda's leading part portrayed a Vietnam veteran which lives in a tiny neighborhood in Florida tending their bees. The fantastic story range discovers the unwilling hero dangerously a part of lender robbers so as to protect his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren. Fonda's personality is aided by a neighbor, played by do it yourself's Patricia Richardson. Other cast includes Christine Dunford (Tony Danza Show), Tom Wood (The Fugative), Kenneth Campbell (The Abyss), Jessica Biel (Seventh paradise), Vanessa Zima, Steven Flynn, Dewey Weber, Traber Burns and Ryan Dumford.

Ulee's silver was the Centerpiece Premier in the Sundance movie Festival in January of 1996. Ben and Glynnis went to the big event, and viewed with pride as Robert Redford introduced the film, so that as Victor Nunez presented the festival's host with a jar of Lanier's Tupelo Honey.

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