Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife ...
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Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.Written by
Very similar in theme to Places In The Heart, which came out the same year, and was part of the Farm Cycle of movies that came out of Hollywood in the early and mid 80s. (The River with Sissy Spacek is also part of this cycle). See more »
Around the 45-minute mark, when Jewell picks up the mail, the baby in the stroller is happy and gurgling. As the camera pans up to Jewell's face as she begins to read the letter, the sound-effect of a baby crying is heard -- though the actual baby's face is still in-frame and appears happy, as before. See more »
Epilogue and Hymn
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Strong, honest and intelligent.
Like "The Grapes of Wrath" before it, Richard Pearce's "Country" is about poverty-stricken farmers up against the banks and the kind of weather that could wipe them out in an instant. It may lack the poetry of Ford's masterpiece but Pearce gives it a wonderful documentary-like feeling helped by terrifically naturalistic performances from Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard. Its dramas don't feel manufactured, just as the family at its centre feel like a proper family, despite the obvious star quality of its leads. It is, in fact, the kind of film Americans do better than almost anyone else when they set their minds to it; strong, honest and intelligent and it seldom puts a foot wrong. I'm just amazed Pearce's career never really went anywhere.
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