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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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Wylie (as Devoreaux White)
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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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The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.

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5 October 1984 (USA)  »

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En un lugar del corazón  »

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$34,700,000 (USA)
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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 »

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The rope around Wylie changes. 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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Soundtracks

Cotton-Eyed Joe
Traditional American folk song
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THE Most Under-Rated Movie of All Time
15 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a great film, in my personal top ten of all time. I know several people who did not like the ending, the affair, the title. All I can say is you have to think about this one. It's not trite nonsense like "A Beautiful Mind." When the ending arrives, think about what it means to love and forgive. Think about people in your life that have left for one reason or another. Think about where it is that those people that affected you still exist (hence the brilliant title and ending). When I saw this film in the theater, I was so stunned by the ending that I couldn't speak. I didn't just cry. I burst into tears. It is so touching and relevant to the themes of the whole movie--forgiveness, love, brotherhood. I have zero respect for the AFI and any other silly list makers when they leave PLACES IN THE HEART out of their top 100 or 200.


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