Places in the Heart

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Of the three "mortgage on the farm" films of 1984 Country and The River were the other two, Places in the Heart is the only one set during the Depression. After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. Though slightly embittered by the fact that a black man was responsible for her husband's death, Field accepts the help of another African-American, Danny Glover. She is also given aid and comfort by her blind boarder, John Malkovich. Despite almost ...
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Of the three "mortgage on the farm" films of 1984 Country and The River were the other two, Places in the Heart is the only one set during the Depression. After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. Though slightly embittered by the fact that a black man was responsible for her husband's death, Field accepts the help of another African-American, Danny Glover. She is also given aid and comfort by her blind boarder, John Malkovich. Despite almost insurmountable odds, Field manages to bring in the cotton crop and to hold her farm and family together. Throughout the film, director Robert Benton stresses the importance of solidarity in facing down disaster, underlining this point with a remarkable surrealistic finale, in which the "live" members of the cast are seen singing a hymn with the characters who have "died" in the course of the film. Places in the Heart won Sally Field her second Academy Award.
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Places in the Heart is an intensely personal family drama from writer-director Robert Benton, set and shot in his hometown of Waxahachie, Texas. The film avoids overt sentimentality, thanks in large part to the outstanding central performance of Sally Field, who would receive her second Best Actress Oscar in the Captain Ahab-ish role of a Depression-era widow determined to save her family's farm. Field is surrounded by a wealth of talented supporting players, including married Ed Harris and Amy Madigan as extramarital lovers, and big-screen newcomers Danny Glover and John Malkovich. The stunning, evocative photography is courtesy of Nestor Almendros (Days of Heaven), who bathes the film in a warm, lyrical glow without unearned nostalgia.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • UPC: 043396039988
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Field Edna Spalding
Lindsay Crouse Margaret Lomax
Ed Harris Wayne Lomax
Amy Madigan Viola Kelsey
John Malkovich Mr. Will
Danny Glover Moze
Yankton Hatten Frank
Gennie James Possum
Lane Smith Albert Denby
Ray Baker Royce Spalding
Shelby Brammer Ruby
Gregg Brazzel KKK Man
Ned Dowd KKK Man
Randy Fife KKK Man
Jim Gough Lone Star Syrup Boy
Vernon Grote KKK Man
Lou Hancock Dispossessed Lady
Jerry Haynes Deputy Jack Driscoll
Toni Hudson Ermine
Paul Nuckles KKK Man
Terry O'Quinn Buddy Kelsey
Jay Patterson W.E. Simmons
Bob Porter Stunt Double
Matthew Posey Eugene
J.C. Quinn Voice Only
Bert Remsen Tee Tot Hightower
Sharon Schaffer Stunt Double
Robert Schenkkan Voice Only
Bill Thurman Lone Star Syrup Boy
De'Voreaux White Wylie
Trey Wilson Voice Only
Norma Young Beauty Shop Customer
Technical Credits
Robert Benton Director, Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Arlene Donovan Producer
Bran Ferren Special Effects
Michael Hausman Executive Producer, Producer
Derek R. Hill Set Decoration/Design
John Kander Score Composer
Carol Littleton Editor
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Mary Malin Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
James Pilcher Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Poll Set Decoration/Design
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Sharon Schaffer Stunts
Howard Shore Score Composer
Joel Tuber Asst. Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Historical fiction that will inspire

    This is a time we must never forget. The story includes mystery, drama, and great courage. It is a wonderful classroom tool for teaching what racial prejudice looks like and how forgiveness changes lives. It is inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie will have a place in your heart...

    "Places in the Heart" is a very good movie, with fantastic performances by its very talented cast. John Malkovich gives an especially outstanding peformance as Mister Will.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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