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Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 23 January 1987 (USA)
Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Beth Henley (screenplay), Beth Henley (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Lenny Magrath
Jessica Lange ... Meg Magrath
Sissy Spacek ... Babe Magrath
Sam Shepard ... Doc Porter
Tess Harper ... Chick Boyle
David Carpenter ... Barnette Lloyd
Hurd Hatfield ... Old Granddaddy
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard Jean Willard ... Lucille Botrelle
Tom Mason ... Uncle Watson
Gregory Eugene Travis Gregory Eugene Travis ... Willie Jay (as Gregory Travis)
Annie McKnight ... Annie May Jenkins
Eleanor Eagle Eleanor Eagle ... Little Lenny
Jessica Ezzell Jessica Ezzell ... Little Meg
Natalie Anderson Natalie Anderson ... Little Babe
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Storyline

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Meg just left one. Lenny never had one. Babe just shot one. The MaGrath sisters sure have a way with men!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crímenes del corazón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,402,921, 14 December 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,905,500
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture's source Beth Henley "Crimes of the Heart" play on Broadway was nominated in 1982 for four Tony Awards which included Best Play, Best Direction for Melvin Bernhardt, and two noms for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Mia Dillon and Mary Beth Hurt, but the Broadway stage production failed to win a Tony in any of its three nominated categories. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucille Botrelle: The damage to the spinal column's not yet been determined. But his breathing's stabilized and his liver's been saved.
Lennora Josephine 'Lenny' Magrath: Oh, well, that's good news.
Lucille Botrelle: None of this is good news Lennie Magrath! It's all a grueling nightmare and you mark my word those resposible will pay dearly!
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Publisher Summy-Birchard Music Division of Birch Tree Group Ltd.
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a wonderful movie with three wonderful actresses
14 April 2009 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

i liked this movie quite a bit.i guess it's a chick flick,but i also think it was part dark comedy.at least there were elements of that here and there.either way,it was a good movie.it's basically about three sisters who have all grown up and gone their separate ways,who are then reunited under less than ideal circumstances.Diane Keaton,Jessica Lange ,and Sissy Spacek are three sisters that couldn't be more different.once they're brought together again,they form new bonds and learn about each other.the film is very poignant,very moving.this is no action movie,it's dialogue and character driven,so it may seem slow,and it's not for everyone.but in this case,it is the journey,not the destination that's important.watching the three woman as they react to a life changing event is fascinating.a word of caution.there are one or two scenes where a racial slur is uttered,which is disturbing.otherwise though,a wonderful movie with three wonderful actresses.for me,Crimes of the Heart is an 8/10


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