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Places in the Heart (1984)

 -  Drama  -  21 September 1984 (USA)
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In 1930's Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.

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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 <stobchatay@aol.com>

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cotton | farm | sheriff | cotton farm | texas | See more »

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The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.

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21 September 1984 (USA)  »

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En un lugar del corazón  »

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$34,700,000 (USA)
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Gennie James was cast as Possum after the initially cast little girl couldn't stop crying when the cameras were rolling. The two girls were actually friends in their hometown of Navasota, Texas. See more »

Goofs

The story is supposed to take place in 1935. Depression glass is used throughout the film. Most of it is correct, such as the Madrid pattern in amber used in the opening shot which was made by Federal Glass Company of Columbus, Ohio between 1933-1939. However, in a kitchen scene on top of the stove there is a pair of Waterford pattern salt and pepper shakers. This pattern was made by Hocking Glass Company (now called Anchor Hocking) between 1938-1944. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edna Spalding: [seeing her daughter's doll at the dinner table] Possum, put that up now.
Royce Spalding: 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.
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A fine movie with a breathtaking final scene
31 January 1999 | by (New Hope, Alabama USA) – See all my reviews

This is a beautifully told story about life in a small Texas town during the Great Depression. Sally Field's husband dies and it's up to her to raise their children and harvest the cotton crop in time to save the farm. It's a fine story, but at the end, the film springs a surprise. Who'd have thought a movie could have a coda? The last scene of the movie is so powerful that when I left the theater I literally felt like my breath had been taken away. I suspect the scene is unique in the movies, and it affects me every time I see it. I've shown this film on videotape to friends a few times, and I always whisper, "Please don't say anything to me during this last scene." It never fails, though; my friends always begin jabbering away in astonishment right in the middle of the best scene in the movie. It's not a big problem, though. They always shut up in wonder and understanding just before the credits start to roll.


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