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Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  23 January 1987 (USA)
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Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Magrath
Babe Magrath
Doc Porter
Chick Boyle
Barnette Lloyd
Old Granddaddy
Beeson Carroll ...
Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard ...
Lucille Botrelle
Tom Mason ...
Uncle Watson
Gregory Eugene Travis ...
Willie Jay (as Gregory Travis)
Annie May Jenkins
Eleanor Eagle ...
Little Lenny
Jessica Ezzell ...
Little Meg
Natalie Anderson ...
Little Babe


Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions. Written by Leon Wolters <>

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Meg just left one. Lenny never had one. Babe just shot one. The MaGrath sisters sure have a way with men!


Comedy | Drama


PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crímenes del corazón  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$22,905,500 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The film's source Beth Henley stage-play "Crimes of the Heart" won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981. See more »


[first lines]
Lucille Botrelle: The damage to the spinal column's not yet been determined. But his breathing's stabilized and his liver's been saved.
Lennora Josephine 'Lenny' Magrath: Oh, well, that's good news.
Lucille Botrelle: None of this is good news Lennie Magrath! It's all a grueling nightmare and you mark my word those resposible will pay dearly!
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9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Crimes of the Heart We all have crimes of the heart.....sad, true, and times...this film covers all the territory. Based on the successful play this film gathered an ensemble of some of the most talented actors and actresses of our time, which includes Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess Harper, Diane Keaton, and Jessica Lange. Taking place in the south, we follow the story of a family's relationship and how they are dealing with their sister shooting her husband. With the strong female cast we can't help but to feel their pain through their emotions, relationship with each other, and how they deal with life. Great strong character choices, yet sisters with something even greater in of family, and loyalty. There are many lessons to learn in this film and one of the most important is you can't turn your back on your family, even when you run away they will be there for you. The acting is superb, the honesty is great and in all a wonderful film to see. A true classic!! When family gathers....everything comes out.

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