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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$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 scene showing the tornado aftermath damage a power pole appears to have cable TV wiring. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Sweet By and By
Music by J.P. Webster (as Joseph P. Webster)
Lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett
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Depression-Era Drama That Never Gets Old
26 September 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Places in the Heart" is one of the more under-rated films of the 1980s. Somewhat based on director Robert Benton's experiences as a youth in Waxahachie, Texas, the film deals with one woman's (Sally Field in her second Oscar-winning performance) struggle to keep her land, house, and children after her husband is killed in a freak accident. She decides that the only way to keep her life is to grow and harvest cotton (not the easiest thing in the world to do, especially during the Depression). Drifter Danny Glover is the catalyst who can bring everything together and the blind John Malkovich (Oscar-nominated) also proves to be an asset. However, racists threaten to stop Field by eliminating Glover. On the other side of town Field's sister (Lindsay Crouse, in her Oscar-nominated role) is having troubles with her husband (Ed Harris). He is having an affair with a local school-teacher (Amy Madigan) and this development could ruin her life just as quickly as Field's life has changed. "Places in the Heart" benefits from great performances, but the direction and screenplay are also second-to-none. An excellent film that was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1984. 5 stars out of 5.


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