A Thousand Acres (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Cook
Jess Clark
Ty Smith
Peter Lewis
Harold Clark
Ken LaSalle
Anne Pitoniak ...
Mary Livingstone
Charles Carter
Marv Carson


A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories. Written by Jason Englisbe <zzenglisbej@winthrop.edu>

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Best friends. Bitter rivals. Sisters.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1000 Morgen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,931,762 (USA) (19 September 1997)


DEM 193,823 (Germany) (26 June 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michelle Pfeiffer stated in 2001 that she was unhappy with her performance in the film; a fact which saddened her given that she had been a part of the film's creation since 1992. See more »


At the beginning of the movie Larry Cook asks why Ty is cultivating the corn. A good question since the corn is chest high and cultivating it without killing it would be impossible. See more »


Rose: Don't make me feel sorry for myself. The more pissed off I am, the better I feel.
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Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »


Just Keep On Holdin' On
Written by Nic. tenBroek (as Nic. ten Broek) and Jenny Meltzer
Performed by Pastiche
Courtesy of MasterSource
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Superb Movie!

When I unsuspectedly rented A Thousand Acres, I thought I was in for an entertaining King Lear story and of course Michelle Pfeiffer was in it, so what could go wrong?

Very quickly, however, I realized that this story was about A Thousand Other Things besides just Acres. I started crying and couldn't stop until long after the movie ended. Thank you Jane, Laura and Jocelyn, for bringing us such a wonderfully subtle and compassionate movie! Thank you cast, for being involved and portraying the characters with such depth and gentleness!

I recognized the Angry sister; the Runaway sister and the sister in Denial. I recognized the Abusive Husband and why he was there and then the Father, oh oh the Father... all superbly played. I also recognized myself and this movie was an eye-opener, a relief, a chance to face my OWN truth and finally doing something about it. I truly hope A Thousand Acres has had the same effect on some others out there.

Since I didn't understand why the cover said the film was about sisters fighting over land -they weren't fighting each other at all- I watched it a second time. Then I was able to see that if one hadn't lived a similar story, one would easily miss the overwhelming undercurrent of dread and fear and the deep bond between the sisters that runs through it all. That is exactly the reason why people in general often overlook the truth about their neighbors for instance.

But yet another reason why this movie is so perfect!

I don't give a rat's ass (pardon my French) about to what extend the King Lear story is followed. All I know is that I can honestly say: this movie has changed my life.

Keep up the good work guys, you CAN and DO make a difference.

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