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Country (1984)

PG | | Drama | 29 September 1984 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Richard Pearce
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Jewell Ivy
Sam Shepard ... Gil Ivy
Wilford Brimley ... Otis
Matt Clark ... Tom McMullen
Theresa Graham Theresa Graham ... Marlene Ivy (as Therese' Graham)
Levi L. Knebel Levi L. Knebel ... Carlisle Ivy
Jim Haynie ... Arlon Brewer
Sandra Seacat ... Louise Brewer
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey ... Fordyce, FHA Man
Stephanie-Stacy Poyner Stephanie-Stacy Poyner ... Missy Ivy
Jim Ostercamp Jim Ostercamp ... Cowboy
Robert L. Somers Robert L. Somers ... Grain Elevator Operator (as Robert Somers)
Frank Noel Frank Noel ... Semi Driver (as Frank Noel Jr.)
Warren Duit Warren Duit ... Preacher (as Rev. Warren Duit)
Conrad Doan Conrad Doan ... Auctioneer
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Storyline

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 Mattias Thuresson

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In this country, when the land is your life...you fight for your life

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Drama

Certificate:

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One of five cinema movie collaborations [to date, June 2015] of actors Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. The films include Frances (1982), Country (1984), Far North (1988), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and Don't Come Knocking (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tom McMullen: Listen, you owe the money, nobody forced you to borrow it.
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Referenced in Shepard & Dark (2012) See more »

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Aftermath
Written by George Winston
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Great players, true to life situations
1 May 2006 | by renodjSee all my reviews

A sobering look at farms in crisis. Shows how farmers tried to hide herds from government lenders, the human cost of financial strain, the hopelessness shown by families who have reached the end of their financial rope. Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange anchor a strong and capable cast that effectively portrays the plight of U.S. farmers in the mid-1980s. Cinematography well done, with Kansas and Nebraska location shooting. Auction scene is heart-wrenching, as a farm held by generations of one family is auctioned to satisfy debtors. To watch the bidders converge on the equipment lined up for sale is a powerful image, repeated many times throughout the Plains states during that period.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,443, 30 September 1984

Gross USA:

$9,640,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,640,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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