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Places in the Heart (1984)

PG | | Drama | 5 October 1984 (USA)
In the Deep South in the 1930s, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yankton Hatten ...
Gennie James ...
Wylie (as Devoreaux White)


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




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Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En un lugar del corazón  »

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$34,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Part of a mini-cycle of farming movies that all debuted in 1984. The films include Country (1984), The River (1984) and Places in the Heart (1984). All three pictures were nominated that year for the Best Actress Academy Award with Sally Field winning the Oscar in that category for the latter beating out Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek from the first two films respectively. See more »


A scene in the kitchen shows iron skillets and other cookware. It's all gray. Only new iron cookware is gray. After it's been used, if only for a month or two, it turns black. See more »


[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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Referenced in Twice in a Lifetime: Healing Touch (1999) See more »


Blessed Assurance
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby)
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I went back and remembered
13 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a great film. I remembered just how it was when I was growing up. Every scene is magnificant. This is how Texas was during this era. Edna Spaulding could have been one of my relatives. Sally Field does not act Edna Spaulding, she is Edna Spaulding.

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