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Heartland

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Overview

The "heartland" of the title is rural Wyoming in the early 20th century, where dwells taciturn, reclusive Scottish farmer Rip Torn. Conchata Ferrell arrives at the Torn spread to work as his housekeeper. Paid near-starvation wages, Ferrell continues working day and night, hoping to use her savings to insure a bright future for her 10-year-old daughter Megan Folsom. Touched by her diligence, Torn slowly falls in love with Ferrell, and after seeing the woman and her child through the torturous Wyoming winter, he ...
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Overview

The "heartland" of the title is rural Wyoming in the early 20th century, where dwells taciturn, reclusive Scottish farmer Rip Torn. Conchata Ferrell arrives at the Torn spread to work as his housekeeper. Paid near-starvation wages, Ferrell continues working day and night, hoping to use her savings to insure a bright future for her 10-year-old daughter Megan Folsom. Touched by her diligence, Torn slowly falls in love with Ferrell, and after seeing the woman and her child through the torturous Wyoming winter, he marries her. The union gets off to a shaky start with the death of the couple's newborn baby and the loss of several head of cattle. By this time, however, the love between Torn and Ferrell is strong enough to survive any setback. Heartland is based on several autobiographical works by Elinore Randall Stewart.
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Editorial Reviews

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Disarmingly realistic in its depiction of the realities of frontier life, Heartland is a strong antidote to the cliches of traditional Westerns. This semi-documentary slice of life is based on the diaries of Elmore Randall Stewart about her days on the Wyoming frontier in the early 20th century. It's a strongly feminist statement about a woman raising her small daughter alone and scrapping for a living by working for a shy Scottish rancher. Director Richard Pearce brings an endearing touch to a film that is helped greatly by the dazzling cinematography of Fred Murphy. Conchata Ferrell and Rip Torn star in this small film that substitutes veracity for a high-powered plot. Pearce worked as a cinematographer on Woodstock and other documentaries before making his directorial debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • UPC: 759731407526
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Henstooth Video
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,197

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conchata Ferrell Elinore Randall Stewart
Rip Torn Clyde Stewart
Lilia Skala Grandma Landauer
Barry Primus Jack
Megan Folsom Jerrine
Amy Wright Clara Jane
Robert Overhoizer
Marvin Berg Justice of the Peace
Jeff Boschee Land Office Agent
Mary Boylan Ma Gillis
Jerry Hardin Cattle buyer
Doug Johnson Cowboy
Bob Sirucek Dan Byrd
Technical Credits
Richard Pearce Director
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Carl Copeland Art Director
Beth Ferris Producer, Screenwriter
Charles Gross Score Composer
Michael Hausman Producer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Hilary M. Rosenfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Yahraus Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. A New Life [6:47]
2. The Ground Rules [7:03]
3. Meeting Grandma [9:59]
4. This Is Ranching [6:08]
5. The Big Country [6:23]
6. Business Proposition [7:18]
7. Wedding Ceremony [7:55]
8. Hard Times [7:47]
9. Freezing Water [7:58]
10. The Miracle of Life [8:31]
11. The Lord Taketh Away [11:04]
12. Never Give Up [8:16]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Audio Selection
      Stereo
      Commentary
   Trailer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of the West!

    I saw this years ago and was so touched by the story and the pathos that it has haunted me through the years. What great stock we are made of! Heartbreaking! Real! Historical! Great performances by all! You can't stop watching!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a first-rate movie!

    I've waited twenty years to see this movie again. One of the best ever....a really wonderful story. Can't wait to add it to my collection.

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