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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 overview, first billed only:
Lenny Magrath
Babe Magrath
Doc Porter
Chick Boyle
Barnette Lloyd
Old Granddaddy
Beeson Carroll ...
Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard ...
Lucille Botrelle
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 <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!


Comedy | Drama


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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 movie has been promoted with slogans on DVD covers as being "From the Director of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) [Bruce Beresford]" which in fact was made and released around three years after Crimes of the Heart (1986). 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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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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1 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I basically enjoyed this film although it certainly could be considered a downer. The acting was superb by the entire cast and entirely believable despite the eccentricity of the characters. I found myself wanting to analyze them and being grateful for the blessings in my life so that I don't feel the need for such drama on an everyday basis. I wonder if anyone else noticed the seeming familiarity of the background music in several places? It seemed to resemble what was heard in the film Steel Magnolias if I'm not mistaken; that same soft instrumentation that evokes slow easy living in small southern towns the fellowship of large clans of folks. As for that house the girls lived in, that's my dream house and I'd love to go see it in person!

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