The American Hobo

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Released 2003

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The American Hobo is a 2003 documentary that explores the image of the wandering worker, the long figure hopping trains that has been a recurring image in American imagination and experience. Director Bobb Hopkins examines the history of the hobo, a term that first appeared in the early 19th century and referred to migratory workers who moved around the country. During the Depression era, the image of the down-and-out hobos catching a free train ride or huddling around a fire was omnipresent in films, news reels and art. Beyond the background, the film also speaks to famous personalities about their own hobo experiences. Merle Haggard, legend of Country Music, recounts his own adventures on the open road. Long before he won the Pulitzer Prize, author James A. Michener ("Tales of the South Pacific") spent some lean years working his way on back roads. Some folks chose the hobo life as a way to embrace a free-spirited, independent existence. Actor Ernest Borgnine hosts this historical and first-person look at the hobo life.

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