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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
Hurd Hatfield ...
Old Granddaddy
Beeson Carroll ...
Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard ...
Lucille Botrelle
Tom Mason ...
Uncle Watson
Gregory Eugene Travis ...
Willie Jay (as Gregory Travis)
Annie McKnight ...
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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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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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley opened at the John Golden Theater in New York on 4th November 1981, after 13 previews starting on 23rd October the previous month, and ran for 535 performances, until the play closed on 13th February 1983. The play was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1982 including Best Play. Henley also wrote the screen play for this movie. 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

Featured in The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Fallen Angel Flying High
Performed by Dann Rogers
Written by Jack Keller, Dann Rogers, Don Huber
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Colgems-EMI Music, Inc.
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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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