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Beth Ferris (screenplay)
William Kittredge (additional scenes and dialogue)
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22 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Heartland is about roots and origins. Heartland is about love and survival.
A widow with a young daughter travels to a ranch in Wyoming to manage the household of a rancher. After a while the man and woman develop a relationship that leads to a marriage. But life in the harsh place takes its toll. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rip Torn ... Clyde Stewart

Conchata Ferrell ... Elinore Randall Stewart

Barry Primus ... Jack
Megan Folsom ... Jerrine

Lilia Skala ... Mrs. Landauer

Amy Wright ... Clara Jane

Jerry Hardin ... Cattlebuyer
Mary Boylan ... Ma Gillis
Jeff Boschee ... Land Office Agent #1
Robert Overholzer ... Land Office Agent #2
Bob Sirucek ... Dan Byrd
Marvin Berg ... Justice of the Peace
Gary Voldseth ... Cowboy
Mike Robertson ... Cowboy
Doug Johnson ... Cowboy

Directed by
Richard Pearce 
Writing credits
Beth Ferris (screenplay)

William Kittredge (additional scenes and dialogue) (as Bill Kittredge)

Elinore Stewart  letters (uncredited)

Produced by
Beth Ferris .... producer
Michael Hausman .... producer
Annick Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charles Gross 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Bill Yahraus 
Casting by
Paul Martino 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Art Direction by
Carl Copeland 
Costume Design by
Hilary Rosenfeld 
Makeup Department
Steve Atha .... hair stylist
Steve Atha .... makeup artist
Production Management
Patricia Churchill .... post-production supervisor
A. Kitman Ho .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hausman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard Egebakken .... carpenter
Christian Kelly .... property master (as Chris Kelly)
Connie Poten .... assistant to art director
Nicholas Tennis .... carpenter
Sound Department
Jay Cassidy .... sound editor (as Jay Casidy)
Lois Freeman .... sound editor
Michael Scott Goldbaum .... sound mixer
Maryte Kavaliauskas .... boom operator
Emil Neroda .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Dean .... best boy
Constantine Makris .... key grip
Ed Marritz .... photographer: second unit (as Edward Marritz)
Christopher Misiano .... second grip
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
John Stern .... photographer: second unit
Kathy Tatlock .... still photographer
Casting Department
Stephen Kolzak .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Trapnell .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Mary Bauer .... assistant film editor
Jane Goldsmith .... post-production assistant
Location Management
David A. Starke .... location manager (as David Starke)
Other crew
Claire Beckham .... production coordinator
Steve Berg .... animal handler
Richard Chamberlain .... film courier
Elizabeth Clark .... script consultant
Donna Conley .... caterer
John Gyory .... production assistant
Laurel Hargarten .... production assistant
Janet Merwin .... script supervisor
Steve Montgomery .... film courier
Gene Piotrowsky .... title designer
Pamela Rhodes .... production secretary
Bob Sirucek .... animal handler
Andy Starbird .... production assistant
Chris Volf .... caterer
Crew believed to be complete

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Letters written by Elinore Pruitt Stewart provided the basis for the film. These letters dated from April 1909 to November 1913 and were first printed in "The Atlantic Monthly."See more »
Anachronisms: The logs are clearly cut by late C20th machinery.See more »


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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Women surviving in the American west, 5 June 2005
Author: Paul Jordan-Smith from Seattle, Washington, USA

This is a first-rate film, based on the letters of its heroine, Elinore Pruitt Stewart (and published in the book Letters of a Woman Homesteader, in print 2003), supplemented with material gathered from other frontier families. The film follows the life of a widow with a young daughter who arrives in Wyoming (in actual life, Colorado) in 1910 to serve as housekeeper for a rancher. The film is inconclusive, as it should be: this isn't a story so much as a slice of life. And what a life! Regardless of whether the character represents Elinore's true nature, this is a wonderful woman: strong, self-determining, and courageous. She's not your usual impossibly slender, pretty young thing--Hollywood seems to think mere wisps could survive these hardships and keep their Mary Kay contact visiting regularly--but a sturdy and practical woman who never flinches at what life throws at her. One scene to watch for (among many): taking down clothes from the clothesline. I won't give the game away, but Elinore Stewart was one hell of a human being. I'd have felt honored to know her.

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