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Places in the Heart (1984) Poster

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Although they first met years earlier, actor Ed Harris and actress Amy Madigan got married after working together on this film.
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Sally Field's character's first name "Edna", and it is only said once in the entire film. During the majority of the film, she is referred to as "Mrs. Spalding". Other than that, she is referred to as "sis" or "ma'am".
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Gennie James was cast as Possum Spalding, after the initially cast little girl couldn't stop crying when the cameras were rolling. The two girls were actually friends in their hometown of Navasota, Texas.
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Director and screenwriter Robert Benton set the film in his birthplace of Waxahachie, Texas in 1935, three years after he was born there. Waxahachie was a half-hour drive south of Dallas; a small, relatively prosperous farming town near a major city.
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Danny Glover's first film lead role.
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Sally Field's heartfelt Oscar acceptance speech for this film was as follows: "Oh Benton, what you did for me. You changed my life, truly! This means so much more to me this time. I don't know why, I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all so new. I owe a lot to the cast, to my players. To Lindsay and John and Danny, and Ed and Amy, and my little friends, Gennie and Yankton. I owe a lot to my family for holding me together and loving me and having patience with this obsession of me. But I want to 'thank you' to you. I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me...right now...you like me! (Applause) Thank you!".
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Debut film and television acting credit of Gennie James.
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The only film that year to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars.
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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 for the Best Actress Academy Award, with Sally Field winning the Oscar in that category for the last, beating out Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek from the first two films, respectively. This was also part of a much larger cycle of Depression-era films that appeared in the 1970s and 1980s, a great many of which featured A-list stars.
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Jessica Lange turned down the lead role that won Sally Field her second Oscar.
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The closing waltz, which is also played throughout the film, most notably at a dance, is "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)". It was written by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr for South of the Border (1939).
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One of two film collaborations (as of January 2016) of Ed Harris and Sally Field. The other movie is Eye for an Eye (1996).
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Moze nails a horseshoe onto a barn door, with the toe pointing down. Above the window, to the right, is a horseshoe with the toe pointing up. Toe-up is a sign of bad luck (all the good luck spills out of the shoe). Moze's way is a sign that Edna's luck will improve.
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One of numerous filmed collaborations of husband and wife Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.
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The guitarist is playing what appears to be an authentic pre-war Martin D-28. By 2020 the instrument would be worth approximately $23,000.
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This movie gave Sally Field her second (and final, as of March 2021) Academy Award, and both were for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Field's first was for Norma Rae (1979).
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee of the year to be also nominated for Original Screenplay.
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Features Lindsay Crouse's only Oscar nominated performance.
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The tornado is not based on the history of Waxahachie but included for the purpose of storytelling.
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Lindsay Crouse was playing a lesbian cop, the first character of its type, on Hill Street Blues when this movie came out.
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