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Dick Van Dyke, Jean Stapleton, Tom Poston, Norman Lear To Return to 'Cold Turkey' Filming Site in Iowa.

GREENFIELD, Iowa, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Norman Lear will return to Greenfield, Iowa, on Saturday September 25 for the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the filming of his film COLD TURKEY. Lear, who wrote, produced, and directed the comedy, will be joined in Greenfield by six of the film's stars -- Dick Van Dyke, Jean Stapleton, Tom Poston, Barnard Hughes, Graham Jarvis, and Peggy Rea.

Located 50 miles southwest of Des Moines, the town of Greenfield is organizing the "Cold Turkey 30th Anniversary Blowout" celebration. COLD TURKEY DAY events include a press conference at the Adair County Courthouse at 3:00 pm, and a parade featuring Lear and his guests, along with Lt. Governor Sally Pederson and Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, at 5:00 pm. Lear and the stars are scheduled to make brief speeches at 6:00 pm in the Town Square.

"I'm very excited about returning to Greenfield and seeing all of our friends there," said Lear. "Filming COLD TURKEY in America's heartland taught me a lot about how smart and sophisticated the so-called 'silent majority' really was, and laid the foundation for the television shows that I created in the 1970s," he continued.

COLD TURKEY tells the story of a small town in Iowa that is offered $25 million by a cigarette company if all of the town's residents can stop smoking for 30 days. Well ahead of its time, the film takes on "Big Tobacco," the medical/social/cultural addictions of tobacco, corporate marketing, and the media titans of the time descending en masse on a small town.

Roger Ebert recommended the film to all "cynics and malcontents with little fear they'll be disappointed," and said that Lear had directed the film "with an unfailing eye for human frailty." In conjunction with the thirtieth anniversary, MGM/UA Home Video is preparing to release a specially boxed videocassette of the film.

Please contact Jonathan Reed with all interview requests.

 Date: Saturday, September 25, 1999
 Time: 3:OOPM to 8:OOPM
 Place: Greenfield, Iowa (50 miles southwest of Des Moines)

For further information contact: Media: Jonathan Reed of Stephen Rivers & Associates, 310-395-2993 or 310-995-2090; or Event Contact: Jennifer Van Nostrand, 515-743-8444 or 515-343-7038, for Stephen Rivers & Associates.
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