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Places in the Heart (1984)

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>

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Ellis County, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,901,614
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of a mini-cycle of farming movies that all debuted in 1984. The films include Country (1984), The River (1984), and Places in the Heart (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. See more »

Goofs

After the tornado and when they emerge safely from the root cellar, although there's debris everywhere nothing is wet. It will always rain in a thunderstorm big enough to spawn a tornado so everything should be soaked. 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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In The Garden
Words and Music by Austin Miles
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A thoughtful quote from Robert Benton
7 April 2006 | by rwchapman01See all my reviews

Just a suggestion for "memorable quotes":

During the film, while the Spaulding kids are trying Malkovich's player, I believe, a brief excerpt from "Trent's Last Case" is heard. Within it is a major, if not the major, theme of the film. I think you should include it among your memorable quotes:

"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how will the world we know choose wisely?"

Most of the film involves characters making choices, many of them difficult, some of them life-threatening. These choices are put into startling relief by the ending sequence of the movie. Although it would be a disservice to summarize Benton's story as just a parable for our times, his comment about choices is extremely thought-provoking.

It is a challenging question for all of us.

Rick


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