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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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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.

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

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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1000 Morgen  »

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Box Office

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

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DEM 193,823 (Germany) (26 June 1998)
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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 »

Goofs

The film is set in Iowa but there is a State of Illinois certification sticker on the church kitchen-window frame. See more »

Quotes

Rose: [referring to her mastectomy] You think a breast weighs a pound?
[chuckles]
Rose: That's my pound of flesh.
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The Ring
(1997)
Written by William Topley, Mike Westergaard, Luke Brighty and Kevin Himeknowles
Performed by William Topley
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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A Thousand Acres (1997:***) This sober drama lasted about a week in theaters and was dismissed as dreary soap opera by most critics. There are echoes of "King Lear" in the story of a wealthy farmer who decides to divide his estate among his three daughters. But I thought the reviews overestimated the extent to which the story uses the Lear parallels. It's just a catalyst for a strong drama of family conflicts and repressed memories coming to the fore that soon goes its own way. There are some script problems: the youngest daughter's loyalty to her cruel father seems quite inexplicable, and as a lawyer you would think she'd know better than to put a hopelessly senile person on the witness stand. The fine cast does pretty well, especially Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer, although as usual Jennifer Jason Leigh is barely adequate as the youngest sister. Maybe watching this on a stormy Sunday night helped put me in the mood, but I rather enjoyed this one.


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