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Beth Ferris (screenplay)
William Kittredge (additional scenes and dialogue)
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Release Date:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Gritty, moving, and true portrayal of pioneer ranch life on the Western plains with an emphasis on the woman's role. See more (24 total) »


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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
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
David A. Starke .... location manager (as David Starke)
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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Gritty, moving, and true portrayal of pioneer ranch life on the Western plains with an emphasis on the woman's role., 22 November 2003
Author: richardbentz from Massachusetts, USA

Excellent. Gritty and true portrayal of pioneer ranch life on the Western plains with an emphasis on the woman's role and place. A moving film, lovingly made, and based on real people and their actual experiences. Low budget, independent film; never made any money. Definitely not the romanticized, unrealistic Hollywood version of pioneer life.

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