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A Thousand Acres (1997)

"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

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Storyline

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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En lo profundo del corazón  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,928,412 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in Premiere Magazine 1997, all extras in the film had to sign an agreement promising not to attempt to approach/speak to actresses Michelle Pfeiffer or Jessica Lange. 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: Don't make me feel sorry for myself. The more pissed off I am, the better I feel.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Stabroek Woman
(1997)
Written and Performed by William Topley
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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A Gem of a Film - severely underrated!
23 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having watched this film years ago, it never faded from my memory. I always thought this was the finest performance by Michelle Pfeiffer that I've seen. But, I am astounded by the number of negative reviews that this film has received. After seeing it once more today, I still think it is powerful, moving and couldn't care less if it is "based loosely on King Lear".

I now realize that this is the greatest performance by Jessica Lange that I've ever seen - and she has had accolades for much shallower efforts.

A Thousand Acres is complex, human, vibrant and immensely moving, but surely doesn't present either of the primary female leads with any touch of glamour or "sexiness". I don't think this is well received in these times.

Perhaps one reason for this film's underwhelming response lies in the fact that the writer (Jane Smiley(, screenplay (Laura Jones), and director (Jocelhyn Moorehouse) are all women. I know that, in my younger days, I wouldn't have read a book written by a woman. I didn't focus on this fact until years later.

If you haven't seen this movie or gave it a chance in the past, try watching it anew. Maybe you are ready for it.


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