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A Thousand Acres (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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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 <>

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


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An Underrated Adaptation
23 September 1998 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

When I found out that Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jason Robards were teaming for a film based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, I went out and read the book immediately. "A Thousand Acres" was one of the best reading experiences of my life, and while the film couldn't capture the book in its entirety (no film could, unless it were six hours long), I really enjoyed it. Michelle Pfeiffer should have received another Oscar nomination for her fearless portrayal of Rose Cook Lewis, the character modeled after Shakespeare's evil Regan from "King Lear." While all of the performances are solid, they seem somehow timid next to Pfeiffer, who once again proves that she is most definitely not just another pretty face.

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