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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 setting of the film's source Beth Henley play of the same name is stated in its introduction as being: "Hazelhurst, Mississippi. Five years after Hurricane Camille". 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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Featured in The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) See more »


Don't Fence Me In
Performed by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell
Written by Cole Porter
Publisher Warner Bros. Music
A Division of Warner Bros. Inc.
Courtesy of CBS Records
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My brief review of the film
18 November 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An entertaining outrageous black comedy, it is supported by three excellent leading performances, although Sissy Spacek is by far the best, and the camera-work from Dante Spinotti is excellent, with creative camera angles and good use of panning. The film tries to bring in a nostalgic sense too though, and does not quite succeed, and the drama of the material does not mix well with the comedy. The choices of music are not too good either, and Tess Harper comes across as very annoying in an over-the-top way, but the virtues of the film are better than its shortcomings. The film comes across as rather lightweight with its black comedy treatment, but it certainly raises some issues with families and coping with one's past, among other ideas. It is not however a film to watch for its messages, but one to simply enjoy for its amusing parts and cinematic virtues, which include some good sound recording too.

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