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.
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The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.
Did You Know?
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
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
[seeing her daughter's doll at the dinner table
Possum, put that up now.
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.
NBC edited 2 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more
In The Garden
Words and Music by Austin Miles See more