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Writer:
Robert Benton (written by)
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Release Date:
21 September 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of my favorite all-time films See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (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 Spalding
Gennie James ... Possum Spalding
Lane Smith ... Albert Denby

Terry O'Quinn ... Buddy Kelsey

Bert Remsen ... Tee Tot Hightower

Ray Baker ... Sheriff 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 Living in Car
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'
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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 .... sound 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
 
Stunts
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
Arthur Krauss .... camera operator (uncredited)
Brian H. Reynolds .... grip (uncredited)
Kerry Rike .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mary Anna Austin .... casting: Texas
Barbara Blanchette .... extras casting coordinator
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
 
Music Department
Howard Shore .... additional music producer
 
Transportation Department
Al Milligan .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
John Brittain .... production assistant
Lynn Covey .... location coordinator
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)
Lee R. Mayes .... location manager (as Lee Mayes)
Roy McBride .... wind effects
James Pullen .... period car coordinator
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
Ken Rinker .... dance coordinator
Mark Schotte .... location coordinator
Henry Wolf .... title designer
Rebecca Wood .... assistant production office coordinator
Mark Buesnel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Kurt Wehrs .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although they first met years earlier, actors Ed Harris and Amy Madigan got married after working together on this film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
In The GardenSee more »

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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite all-time films, 29 February 2000
Author: jjh6519 from United States

This is the movie that gave Sally Field a much-deserved Oscar. This is also the film that gave Danny Glover and John Malcovich their first major exposure to the public. They are great in their respective supporting roles, sometimes making you laugh, other times wince with pain, other times empathize completely. See where they are now! The photography and music is perfect, especially the totally appropriate church songs. Set in a small central Texas town during the Depression, this film shows what a complete lie is perpetuated by "Gone With the Wind" and its depiction of the "happy cotton-picking slaves" prior to the Civil War. Edna Spaulding (Field), who has led a relatively sheltered life until tragedy suddenly strikes and uproots her entire family life as she has known it, must endure what the "happy" slaves once endured for years. And the final scene -- well, there is no way to say anything about it to keep from ruining it, other than: It comes totally unexpected. Roger Ebert didn't like it because it didn't fit with the rest of the movie. I couldn't disagree more. Roger often misses the point of a movie's ending. This is one scene that I could watch over and over, and it makes me tear up every time. At its core is a deeply held spiritual belief that transcends all other concerns. This is a must see movie! Make sure you see it with your kids!

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