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


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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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Did You Know?


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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31 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Usually when I sense that the actors had a great time making a movie, the result isn't particularly noteworthy. ("Cannonball Run" comes to mind.) But "Crimes of the Heart" is an exception. If Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton and Sissy Spacek weren't absolutely delighted to tackle the lead roles in this film, they are much better actors than I thought.

The material is reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, who wrote some of the most humorous, offbeat Southern fiction extant.

The three sisters are so controlled by their visceral reactions that one wonders if any of them have ever had an intellectual moment. Although it would be maddening to have such people for friends, they're great instruments for movie comedy.

One final note: If anyone thinks Sissy Spacek is goofy-looking (as I used to), they will change their mind when they see her in this. She is absolutely gorgeous here.

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