Edna Spalding finds herself alone and broke on a small farm in the midst of the Great Depression when her husband the Sheriff is killed in an accident. A wandering black man, Moses, helps her to plant cotton to try and keep her farm and her kids together. She also takes on a blind boarder, Mr. Will, who lost his sight in the first World War. She must endure storms and harsh labor to try and make her mortgage payment on time. Written by
Susan Southall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.
Did You Know?
The director and screenwriter, Robert Benton
, set the film in his birthplace of Waxahachie, Texas in 1935, three years after he was born there. See more
When the children run out of Mr. Will's room (after playing his phonograph), Frank leaves the desk lamp on. When Mr. Will discovers the record is scratched, the lamp is off. Since he is blind, he would not have used, or changed, the lamp. See more
[seeing her daughter's doll at the dinner table
Possum, put that up now.
Our Heavenly Father, bless this meal and all those who are about to receive it. Make us thankful for Your generous bounty, and Your unceasing love. Please remind us, in these hard times, to be grateful for what we have been given, and not to ask for what we can not have. And make us mindful of those less fortunate among us, as we sit at this table with all of Thy bounty. Amen.
Referenced in Cannonball Fever
In the Sweet By and By
Music by Joseph P. Webster
Lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett See more