An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

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Katie Phillips / Cathy Weaver
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Michael Carnes
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Gladys Simmons
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Wes
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Flynn
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Al Sanders
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Jack Carpenter
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Rachel Simmons
Brian Bosak ...
Joey Simmons
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Duffin
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Reverend Russell Johnson
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A woman starts work on a farm, and gets to know the owner. They get on well, and she also gets on with his children. He asks her to stay on when the work is finished. Things are not what they seem, and we discover the woman is actually an FBI agent... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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26 August 1988 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,816,139 (USA)
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According to Joe Eszterhas' book "Hollywood Animal", everybody on set was afraid of Debra Winger as she was known for having a difficult temper. Winger proved the rumors to be wrong as, according to Eszterhas, she was the sweetest person. Tom Berenger was so intimidated by her that she had to make coffee for him and kid with him to put him on ease, and she spent one entire night playing poker with the crew to ease them. By the end of the shoot everybody was in love with her. See more »

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Reversed footage: As the family arrives to the camp site, smoke falls downwards from the sky to the torches. See more »

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Gary Simmons: [after the murder of a black man] Come on, Katie. Come on now. Just a nigger. Don't make too much out of it. There's plenty more where he came from.
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If You Wanna Get To Heaven
Written by Steve Cash & John Dillon
Performed by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Effective as both a story and a commentary
28 February 2000 | by (Kingston, NY) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be effective as both fiction and non-fiction. Debra Winger and Tom Berenger both give first rate performances. This movie reveals how racism is passed down from one generation to the next. The passage, "the sins of the father are visited on the son" seem particularly relevant. I was surprised that it did not receive a higher user rating. Eventhough I saw it years ago, it remains in my memory as a very powerful and important movie.


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