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Places in the Heart (1984)

PG | | Drama | 5 October 1984 (USA)
In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lomax
Viola Kelsey
Yankton Hatten ...
Albert Denby
Buddy Kelsey
Tee Tot Hightower
W.E. Simmons
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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One of two film collaborations (as of January 2016) of Ed Harris and Sally Field. The other movie is Eye for an Eye (1996). See more »


In the final credits, the real name of Otis the fiddle player in the band is wrongly spelled as Cliff Brunner. It should be spelled Bruner. He was a well-known fiddle player with Milton Brown's Musical Brownies. 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 Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


Blessed Assurance
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby)
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Deeply moving story.
10 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was transfixed by this gem of a movie. All the players were without a doubt most outstanding and very professional. I am always happy to see Danny Glover in any movie. Sally Field was beyond perfect. The love scene in this movie was superflous and not really needed and seemed to me a bit off-center to the plot of the movie itself. The last scene in this movie got me right where I live. My heart constricted at the ending and, I am not ashamed to say, tears fell from my eyes. Right now as I talk about it my eyes tear up. I am happy that Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of a depression-era wife and mother for she earned it ten times over. In the last scene a bible verse was quoted and I would love to know,again, what it was and where it is located in the bible. It had to do with glass and cymbals. Could anyone help out? Thanks.

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