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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)

when zachary beaver came to town,movie poster,eric stoltzWhen Zachary Beaver Came to Town is a drama written and directed by John Schultz, who adapted the story from the National Book Award winning novel by Kimberly Willis Holt. It was shot in Granger and Austin, Texas between September and November 2002.

The film premiered at the Austin Film Festival in October 2003 and won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival in 2004. It was released on DVD in January 2006.


When a one man sideshow rolls into Granger, TX claiming to showcase “the fattest boy in the world,” the lives of two small-town teens are changed forever in this touching coming-of-age tale based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Kimberly Willis Holt. Zachary Beaver (Sasha Joseph Neulinger) is a morbidly obese teen who travels from town to town with his best friend and business partner Paulie Rankin, earning money off of his unusual appearance. When curiosity gets the best of Granger kids Toby (Jonathan Lipnicki) and Cal (Cody Linley), and they decide to check out the show, the unlikely bond that forms between Zachary, Toby, and Cal marks the beginning of an unforgettable summer of fun, growth, and friendship.

CAST: Jonathan Lipnicki (Toby Wilson), Cody Linley (Cal), Jesse Pennington (Wayne) , Sasha Neulinger (Zachary Beaver), Eric Stoltz (Otto), Jane Krakowski (Heather), Brady Coleman (Sheriff), Kathleen Lancaster (Kate McKnight), Joanna McCray (Tara)

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