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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, one of the film's producers, traveled the talk show circuit in order to promote the film; a publicity standard she had avoided since the early 80s. See more »

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

Quotes

Ginny: It was Rose who dropped things through the grates. It was Rose who sang.
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Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

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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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Competent screen adaptation of an excellent novel
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I liked this movie a lot, but the feeling that I most came away with was the memory of how much I´d enjoyed the novel. The film features two of the best actresses working today--Jessica Lange, who is great here, and the divine Jennifer Jason Leigh, who does the best she can with the thinly-drawn character she is given--as well as a surprisingly excellent Michelle Pfeiffer and a steady Jason Robards. The adaptation is basically faithful to the book, at least as faithful as it can be in an hour and forty minutes. The film doesn´t really dazzle, except for certain scenes between Lange and Pfeiffer, but it does a thoroughly competent job of visualizing this wonderfully tragic story. As far as movies adapted from novels go, this was definitely among the better ones. If nothing else, it has sent me back to my bookshelves to rediscover favorite passages from Jane Smiley´s excellent novel, and back to King Lear to brush up on the minor characters in order to see just how deep the parallels go. Worth your time as a film, definitely, and hopefully enough to make you remember that reading great literature is a joy as well.


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