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Release Date:
5 October 1984 (USA) See more »
The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Deeply moving story. See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sally Field ... Edna Spalding

Lindsay Crouse ... Margaret Lomax

Ed Harris ... Wayne Lomax

Amy Madigan ... Viola Kelsey

John Malkovich ... Mr. Will

Danny Glover ... Moze
Yankton Hatten ... Frank
Gennie James ... Possum

Lane Smith ... Albert Denby

Terry O'Quinn ... Buddy Kelsey

Bert Remsen ... Tee Tot Hightower

Ray Baker ... Royce Spalding

Jay Patterson ... W.E. Simmons

Toni Hudson ... Ermine

De'voreaux White ... Wylie (as Devoreaux White)

Jerry Haynes ... Deputy Jack Driscoll
Lou Hancock ... Dispossessed Lady
Shelby Brammer ... Ruby
Norma Young ... Beauty Shop Customer

Bill Thurman ... Homer
Jim Gough ... Leroy
Cliff Bruner ... Otis
Arthur Pugh ... Dove Haslip

Matthew Posey ... Eugene
Shanna Shrum ... Rosalie Lomax

Gregg Brazzel ... KKK Man #1 (as Greg Brazzell)
Lynn Covey ... KKK Man #2
Randy Fife ... KKK Man #3
Vernon Grote ... KKK Man #4

Ned Dowd ... KKK Man #5
Paul Nuckles ... KKK Man #6
Lynn D. Lasswell Jr. ... Preacher

J.C. Quinn ... Texas Voice #1 (voice)

Robert Schenkkan ... Texas Voice #2 (voice)

Trey Wilson ... Texas Voice #3 (voice)
Bascom Newman ... Farmhouse Dance Voice (voice)
Paul Goodwin ... Mr. Cheeves
Connie Grandell ... Mrs. Cheeves
William J. Welch ... Narrator, 'Trent's Last Case'

Directed by
Robert Benton 
Writing credits
Robert Benton (written by)

Produced by
Arlene Donovan .... producer
Michael Hausman .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Kander 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Art Direction by
Sydney Z. Litwack  (as Sydney Z. Litwak)
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill  (as Derek Hill)
Lee Poll 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist
Production Management
Richard Brick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Dreyfuss .... second assistant director
Joel Tuber .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jack Eberhart .... property master
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Peter McGuire .... assistant to property master
Bill Iiams .... general foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clint Althouse .... boom operator
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Richard P. Cirincione .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jay Dranch .... adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Richard Friedlander .... apprentice sound editor
Lindsey Hicks .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Jacobi .... supervising adr editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... assistant sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... assistant sound editor
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
James Pilcher .... production sound mixer
Fred Rosenberg .... assistant sound editor
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Jeffrey Stern .... assistant sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects (as Cal Acord)
Visual Effects by
Bran Ferren .... special visual effects
Mitch Wilson .... optical effects
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
Sharon Schaffer .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Connors .... best boy
Bob Hall .... second assistant camera
Robert Horne .... first assistant camera (as Bob Horne)
Dan Lerner .... camera operator
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit
Robert T. Prate .... best boy (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Don Reddy .... photographer: second unit
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Stephen J. Shiekman .... video playback operator
Greg Coelho .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Arthur Krauss .... camera operator (uncredited)
Brian H. Reynolds .... grip (uncredited)
Kerry Rike .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Blanchette .... extras casting coordinator
Mary Anna Dennard .... casting: Texas (as Mary Anna Austin)
Rody Kent .... casting: Texas
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Malin .... assistant to costume designer
Silvio Scarano .... costumer
Mort Schwartz .... costumer
Editorial Department
Norman Buckley .... assistant editor
Rachel Cline .... post-production coordinator
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Jill Savitt .... first assistant editor
Barbara Tulliver .... assistant editor
Location Management
Lynn Covey .... location coordinator
Lee R. Mayes .... location manager (as Lee Mayes)
Mark Schotte .... location coordinator
Kurt Wehrs .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Howard Shore .... additional music producer
Transportation Department
Al Milligan .... transportation captain
Other crew
John Brittain .... production assistant
Brian Cowden .... period car coordinator
Walter Crespo .... film layout
Dick Dubuque .... production auditor
David Evans-Lombe .... production assistant
Rebecca Hilliard .... assistant production office coordinator (as Beccie Hillard)
Ingrid Johanson .... production office coordinator
Sondra Lee .... consultant to Mr. Benton
Lois Lipfield .... assistant: Mr. Benton
James R. Maceo .... production assistant (as James Maceo)
Roy McBride .... wind effects
James Pullen .... period car coordinator
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
Ken Rinker .... dance coordinator
Henry Wolf .... title designer
Rebecca Wood .... assistant production office coordinator
Mark Buesnel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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111 min
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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 »
Continuity: When the children run out of Mr. Will's room (after playing his phonograph), Frank leaves the desk lamp on. When Mr. Will discovers the record is scratched, the lamp is off. Since he is blind, he would not have used, or changed, the lamp.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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Deeply moving story., 10 December 2000
Author: bill buckley ( from ringgold, Ga.

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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