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Places in the Heart ()


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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.

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Edna Spalding
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Margaret Lomax
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Wayne Lomax
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Viola Kelsey
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Mr. Will
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Moze
Yankton Hatten ...
Frank
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Possum
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Albert Denby
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Buddy Kelsey
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Tee Tot Hightower
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Royce Spalding
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W.E. Simmons
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Ermine
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Wylie (as Devoreaux White)
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Deputy Jack Driscoll
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Dispossessed Lady
Shelby Brammer ...
Ruby
Norma Young ...
Beauty Shop Customer
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Homer
Jim Gough ...
Leroy
Cliff Bruner ...
Otis
Arthur Pugh ...
Dove Haslip
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Eugene
Shanna Shrum ...
Rosalie Lomax
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KKK Man #1 (as Greg Brazzell)
Lynn Covey ...
KKK Man #2
Randy Fife ...
KKK Man #3
Vernon Grote ...
KKK Man #4
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KKK Man #5
Paul Nuckles ...
KKK Man #6
Lynn D. Lasswell Jr. ...
Preacher
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Texas Voice #1 (voice)
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Texas Voice #2 (voice)
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Texas Voice #3 (voice)
Bascom Newman ...
Farmhouse Dance Voice (voice)
Paul Goodwin ...
Mr. Cheeves
Connie Grandell ...
Mrs. Cheeves
William J. Welch ...
Narrator, 'Trent's Last Case'

Directed by

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Robert Benton ... (directed by)

Written by

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Robert Benton ... (written by)

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Arlene Donovan ... producer (produced by)
Michael Hausman ... executive producer

Music by

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John Kander ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Néstor Almendros ... director of photography (as Nestor Almendros)

Film Editing by

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Carol Littleton ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Norman Buckley ... assistant editor
Rachel Cline ... post-production coordinator
Bruce Pearson ... color timer
Jill Savitt ... first assistant editor
Barbara Tulliver ... assistant editor

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Howard Feuer ... (casting by)
Jeremy Ritzer ... (casting by)

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Gene Callahan

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Sydney Z. Litwack ... (as Sydney Z. Litwak)

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Derek R. Hill ... (as Derek Hill)
Lee Poll

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Ann Roth ... (costumes by)

Makeup Department

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Paul LeBlanc ... hair stylist
Bob Mills ... makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Richard Brick ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Dreyfuss ... second assistant director
Joel Tuber ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jack Eberhart ... property master
Roger Irvin ... construction coordinator
Peter McGuire ... assistant to property master
Bill Iiams ... general foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Clint Althouse ... boom operator
Louis Cerborino ... sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Richard P. Cirincione ... supervising sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Randall Coleman ... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Jay Dranch ... adr editor
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Richard Friedlander ... apprentice sound editor
Lindsey Hicks ... apprentice sound editor
Michael Jacobi ... supervising adr editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... assistant sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... assistant sound editor
Peter Odabashian ... sound editor
James Pilcher ... production sound mixer
Fred Rosenberg ... assistant sound editor
Maurice Schell ... sound editor
Jeffrey Stern ... assistant sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

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Calvin Joe Acord ... special effects (as Cal Acord)

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Bran Ferren ... special visual effects
Mitch Wilson ... optical effects

Stunts

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Paul Nuckles ... stunt coordinator
Bobby Porter ... stunt double
Sharon Schaffer ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Connors ... best boy
Bob Hall ... second assistant camera
Robert Horne ... first assistant camera (as Bob Horne)
Dan Lerner ... camera operator
Philip C. Pfeiffer ... director of photography: second unit
Robert T. Prate ... best boy (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate ... key grip
Richard Quinlan ... gaffer
Don Reddy ... photographer: second unit
Zade Rosenthal ... still photographer
Stephen J. Shiekman ... video playback operator
Greg Coelho ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Arthur Krauss ... camera operator (uncredited)
Brian H. Reynolds ... grip (uncredited)
Kerry Rike ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Blanchette ... extras casting coordinator
Mary Anna Dennard ... casting: Texas (as Mary Anna Austin)
Rody Kent ... casting: Texas

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mary Malin ... assistant to costume designer
Silvio Scarano ... costumer
Mort Schwartz ... costumer

Location Management

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Lynn Covey ... location coordinator
Lee R. Mayes ... location manager (as Lee Mayes)
Mark Schotte ... location coordinator
Kurt Wehrs ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Howard Shore ... additional music producer

Transportation Department

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Al Milligan ... transportation captain

Other crew

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John Brittain ... production assistant
Brian Cowden ... period car coordinator
Walter Crespo ... film layout
Dick Dubuque ... production auditor
David Evans-Lombe ... production assistant
Rebecca Hilliard ... assistant production office coordinator (as Beccie Hillard)
Ingrid Johanson ... production office coordinator
Sondra Lee ... consultant to Mr. Benton
Lois Lipfield ... assistant: Mr. Benton
James R. Maceo ... production assistant (as James Maceo)
Roy McBride ... wind effects
James Pullen ... period car coordinator
Anne Rapp ... script supervisor
Ken Rinker ... dance coordinator
Henry Wolf ... title designer
Rebecca Wood ... assistant production office coordinator
Mark Buesnel ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock ... set medic (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Texas Project (United States)
  • Les saisons du coeur (France)
  • En un lugar del corazón (Spain)
  • Hely a szívemben (Hungary)
  • En plass i hjertet (Norway)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Trivia Although they first met years earlier, actor Ed Harris and actress Amy Madigan got married after working together on this film. See more »
Goofs The winds of the tornado upend cars and cause houses to explode, but Moses' hat stays on his head while he pulls Frank into the storm cellar. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985). See more »
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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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