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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Director and screenwriter Robert Benton set the film in his birthplace of Waxahachie, Texas, in 1935, three years after he was born there.
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Sally Field's character's first name "Edna" 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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Sally Field's heartfelt Oscar acceptance speech for this film is as follows: "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 too new. 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...You really like me! Thank you."
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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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Debut film and television acting credit of Gennie James.
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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 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.
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Features Lindsay Crouse's only Oscar nominated performance.
The only film that year to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars.
Jessica Lange turned down the lead role that won Sally Field her second Oscar
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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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This movie gave Sally Field her second (and final, as of March 2015) Academy Award and both in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Field's first had been 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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