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Crimes of the Heart (1986)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 December 1986 (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

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
Hurd Hatfield ...
Old Granddaddy
Beeson Carroll ...
Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard ...
Lucille Botrelle
Tom Mason ...
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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12 December 1986 (USA)  »

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Crimes of the Heart  »

Box Office

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

The original Broadway production of "Crimes of the Heart" opened at the John Golden Theater in New York on 2/4/1981, ran for 535 performances and was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for the Best Play. Beth Henley wrote the original stage play and the screen play on which this movie was based. 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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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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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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