Crimes of the Heart

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Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley who also penned the screenplay, Crimes of the Heart stars three high-powered actresses as three high-strung sisters. Lenny Diane Keaton, Meg Jessica Lange and Babe Sissy Spacek gather at Lenny's deep-South home for her birthday. Lenny, the oldest, can't seem to sustain a relationship with a man. Meg is an aspiring actress who hasn't progressed beyond commercial voice overs. And Babe is released on bond from jail after shooting her senator husband. Add to...
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Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley who also penned the screenplay, Crimes of the Heart stars three high-powered actresses as three high-strung sisters. Lenny Diane Keaton, Meg Jessica Lange and Babe Sissy Spacek gather at Lenny's deep-South home for her birthday. Lenny, the oldest, can't seem to sustain a relationship with a man. Meg is an aspiring actress who hasn't progressed beyond commercial voice overs. And Babe is released on bond from jail after shooting her senator husband. Add to this information the fact that the girls' mother killed herself in Lenny's house, and that when Meg offhandedly expresses the wish that grouchy grandfather Hurd Hatfield would slip into a coma, he does, whereupon the sisters, despite every effort to treat the situation with proper sobriety, burst into helpless laughter over her "psychic" powers.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (dolby digital); English 2.0 (dolby surround); Subtitles in English; Scene selection; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Director Bruce Beresford seems to have a special affinity for the American South. In projects such as Tender Mercies (1983), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and Rich in Love, he's used the region's more leisurely pace to explore relationships in films that thrive on a minimum of plotting. That certainly describes his adaptation of Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which the three sisters of a rather eccentric Mississippi family return to the family manse for a reunion. None of the three have had much luck with men or marriage, and their humorous commiseration about their sometimes scandalous past and affirmation of their relationship with each other are the core of the film. Yet, the Southern Gothic black comedy aspects of the piece, such as Babe's (Sissy Spacek) reaction to having shot her husband, and the suicide of their mother, which might have worked well as anecdotes on the stage, sit less easily within the realistic framework established by Beresford. Henley seems to be using this tone to keep the audience at a safe distance, and one comes away wishing she had probed a bit more deeply. Still, this is a very funny film, and the three actresses work wonderfully as an ensemble. Sam Shepard is good as a former lover of Meg's (Jessica Lange), as is Tess Harper as an irritable next-door neighbor. Cameraman Dante Spinotti also does wonders with the soft Mississippi light.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 692865151333
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Trinity Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Keaton Lenny Magrath
Jessica Lange Meg Magrath
Sissy Spacek Babe Magrath
Sam Shepard Doc Porter
Tess Harper Chick Boyle
David Carpenter Barnette Lloyd
Hurd Hatfield Old Grandaddy
Beeson Carroll Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard Lucille Botrelle
Greg Travis Willie Jay
Annie McKnight Annie May Jenkins
Tom Mason Uncle Watson
Connie Adams Zackery's Concubine
Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Freddie Fields Producer
Ferdinando Giovannoni Art Director
Anne Goursaud Editor
Beth Henley Screenwriter
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Burt Sugarman Executive Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crimes of the Heart
1. Main Titles [4:39]
2. Birthday [6:07]
3. Meg Comes Home [4:24]
4. Set Free [5:44]
5. The Past [5:53]
6. Lonely Hearts [3:34]
7. The Young Lawyer [2:42]
8. That Day [9:06]
9. Solid Defense [4:04]
10. Black Book [3:53]
11. Memories [7:17]
12. Assorted Creams [6:26]
13. Under the Moon [4:30]
14. Incriminating Evidence [5:03]
15. Granddaddy's Predicament [6:04]
16. Settlement [5:12]
17. Get Out! [3:52]
18. A Real Bad Day [9:35]
19. Two Days Late [4:15]
20. End Titles [2:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Crimes of the Heart
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   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Surround)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
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