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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 | 1930s | cotton farm | 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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$34,700,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Sally Field's heartfelt Oscar acceptance speech for this film has often been misquoted over the years. Here it is verbatim: "This means so much more to me this time, I don't know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all too new. But I want to 'thank you' to you. I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it. But this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me... right now... you like me. Thank you." See more »

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When Edna is buying the cotton, the salesman says, "Point o three cents per pound." This implies it is 0.03 cents/pound or $0.0003/pound. At 450 pounds, it would be $0.135, but the salesman says $13.50. 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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Featured in The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) See more »

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Words and Music by Austin Miles
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If you are undergoing personal challenges this is a good film to watch.
29 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the time this film was released I was 20 years younger. I liked it but it did not stay in my memory of good movies to watch. I just saw it again today and could not leave my seat. Was it the story? Yes. Was it the acting? Yes. More than anything it was the situations that the characters faced. Art imitating life and doing a very good job of it.

What I liked most is that I did not think that the performances took away from the story. It's about how your life can change in a split second. Change in a way that challenges you to look at yourself deeply. It's about personal values. It is the type of story that moves me most these days. Stories about humans. It is a stunning film.


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