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Heartland (1979)

A widow with a young daughter travels to a ranch in Wyoming to manage the household of a rancher. After a while the man and woman develop a relationship that leads to a marriage. But life in the harsh place takes its toll.

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writers:

Beth Ferris (screenplay), William Kittredge (additional scenes and dialogue) (as Bill Kittredge)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rip Torn ... Clyde Stewart
Conchata Ferrell ... Elinore Randall Stewart
Barry Primus ... Jack
Megan Folsom ... Jerrine
Lilia Skala ... Mrs. Landauer
Amy Wright ... Clara Jane
Jerry Hardin ... Cattlebuyer
Mary Boylan Mary Boylan ... Ma Gillis
Jeff Boschee Jeff Boschee ... Land Office Agent #1
Robert Overholzer Robert Overholzer ... Land Office Agent #2
Bob Sirucek Bob Sirucek ... Dan Byrd
Marvin Berg Marvin Berg ... Justice of the Peace
Gary Voldseth Gary Voldseth ... Cowboy
Mike Robertson Mike Robertson ... Cowboy
Doug Johnson Doug Johnson ... Cowboy
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Storyline

Widowed Elinor Randall and her young daughter Jerrine arrive in a barren stretch of Wyoming in 1910 after Elinor's application for work as a housekeeper is accepted by Clyde Stewart, a rancher. The work is back-breaking and the isolation is brutal, particularly as winter arrives. Elinor begins to think about homesteading her own property near Stewart's ranch, but Stewart tries to dissuade her with explanations about the killing conditions and poor rewards, especially for a woman with no man to help her ranch. Although their temperaments are different and little affection exists, Elinor and Stewart agree to marry and combine homesteads. What lies ahead is the severest test of all. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Heartland is about roots and origins. Heartland is about love and survival.

Genres:

Western | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força da Terra See more »

Filming Locations:

Wheatland County, Montana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Letters written by Elinore Pruitt Stewart provided the basis for the film. These letters dated from April 1909 to November 1913 and were first printed in "The Atlantic Monthly." See more »

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The logs are clearly cut by late C20th machinery. See more »

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Another solid effort by Pearce
28 September 2004 | by cinecarlSee all my reviews

Director Richard Pearce has a knack for finding small tightly- crafted stories and keeping them confined to their natural surroundings and letting smart casting choices take over the work and create something magical. He's done it with "Country" and "Family Thing" and maybe never better than with "Heartland." Of course, Rip Torn is a fine actor and well-suited to the role of a farmer, but the amazing turn by Farrell in the lead is not any easy part. She is quite remarkable in this film, and it's maddening why she wasn't utilized more by other directors. (She shows up often in stereotypical parts, like the secretary in "Erin Brokovich") A shame this commanding actress isn't recognized more for this fantastic performance.


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