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Places in the Heart (1984)

PG | | Drama | 5 October 1984 (USA)
In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people.

Director:

Robert Benton

Writer:

Robert Benton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Edna Spalding
Lindsay Crouse ... Margaret Lomax
Ed Harris ... Wayne Lomax
Amy Madigan ... Viola Kelsey
John Malkovich ... Mr. Will
Danny Glover ... Moze
Yankton Hatten Yankton Hatten ... Frank
Gennie James ... Possum
Lane Smith ... Albert Denby
Terry O'Quinn ... Buddy Kelsey
Bert Remsen ... Tee Tot Hightower
Ray Baker ... Royce Spalding
Jay Patterson ... W.E. Simmons
Toni Hudson ... Ermine
De'voreaux White De'voreaux White ... Wylie (as Devoreaux White)
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Storyline

Edna Spalding finds herself alone and broke on a small farm in the midst of the Great Depression when her husband the Sheriff is killed in an accident. A wandering black man, Moses, helps her to plant cotton to try and keep her farm and her kids together. She also takes on a blind boarder, Mr. Will, who lost his sight in the first World War. She must endure storms and harsh labor to try and make her mortgage payment on time. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Taglines:

The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,279, 23 September 1984

Gross USA:

$34,901,614

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,901,614
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Lange turned down the lead role that won Sally Field her second Oscar See more »

Goofs

In the final credits, the real name of Otis the fiddle player in the band is wrongly spelled as Cliff Brunner. It should be spelled Bruner. He was a well-known fiddle player with Milton Brown's Musical Brownies. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edna Spalding: [seeing her daughter's doll at the dinner table] Possum, put that up now.
Royce Spalding: Our Heavenly Father, bless this meal and all those who are about to receive it. Make us thankful for Your generous bounty, and Your unceasing love. Please remind us, in these hard times, to be grateful for what we have been given, and not to ask for what we can not have. And make us mindful of those less fortunate among us, as we sit at this table with all of Thy bounty. Amen.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 2 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in California's Gold: Wind (1997) See more »

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Blessed Assurance
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby)
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Perceptible look at life in the Depression 1930s with a portentous Sally Field
10 November 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an exquisite mood piece about the turbulent life of a widow set against mid-Western cotton farm at the turn of the great Depression 1930s , in which Sally Field won well-deserved Oscar for her magnificent acting and equally Robert Benton for his original script . It deals with a mother named Edna Spalding (Sally Field) of two sons is suddenly widowed to a sheriff (Ray Baker). Edna is persisted to survey facing the pressure by the bank to sell her farm . She fights her fateful fate along with an African-American (Danny Glover) and a blind (John Malkovich).

It's a sensitive and intimate look at hometown childhood , an affectionate film celebrating the spiritual force of the human will ; being based on records and memories well written by Robert Benton about his little town , Waxahachid , Texas . It takes part of a mini-cycle of farming movies that all debuted in 1984 . The films include Country (1984 ), The river (1984) and this one (1984). All three pictures were nominated that year for the Best Actress Academy Award with Sally Field winning the Oscar in that category for the latter beating out Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek from the first two films respectively . Extraordinary performances from film stars , as this flick gave actress Sally Field her second and final to date , Academy Award and both in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category ; Field's first had been around five years earlier for Norma Rae (1979) in 1980 . Supporting cast is frankly magnificent , such as : Amy Madigan , Linsay Crouse , Terry O'Quinn but special mention for Danny Glover , Ed Harris and John Malkovich . Being one of numerous filmed collaborations of married actors Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.

Originally shown in lively colors by cameraman Nestor Almendros , Robert Benton's usual photographer , who previously won Oscar for ¨Days of heaven¨, though its visual beauty will be decreased on TV . The motion picture was very well directed by writer-director Robert Benton . This filmmaker and screenwriter, Robert Benton , set the film in his birthplace of Waxahachie , Texas in 1935, three years after he was born there . He's a films-dramas expert such as proved in ¨Human stain¨ , ¨Twilight¨ , ¨Still of the night¨ , ¨Billy Bathgate¨ and his greatest hit : ¨Kramer vs Kramer¨. Rating : Better than average, it's a great movie so well realized that is hard not to like .


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