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Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 23 January 1987 (USA)
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

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

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 <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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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!

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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crímenes del corazón  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,905,500 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three collaborations of actress Tess Harper and director Bruce Beresford. The films include Her Alibi (1989), Tender Mercies (1983), and Crimes of the Heart (1986), the latter of which Harper got Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Many film industry personnel had previously predicted Harper to be a big possibility to be nominated in either the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress categories for the Academy Award for Beresford's earlier film Tender Mercies (1983) but in the end Harper was not nominated in either category for Tender Mercies (1983). See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Publisher Summy-Birchard Music Division of Birch Tree Group Ltd.
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sweet, without being all warm and glowy
29 November 1998 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film a few times. The first time I thought I'd have a hard time believing the 3 actresses as sisters because they didn't look alike. But as the film got rolling I didn't even think about it...it seemed natural that they were sisters. All 3 leads are great but Tess Harper is hilarious!


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