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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$22,905,522

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,905,522
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is cast with three leads who have all won Oscars in the Best Actress Academy Award category: Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and, Jessica Lange for Blue Sky (1994), with the latter's Best Actress Oscar won after this movie, but at the time that this movie was made and released, Lange had previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar Academy Award for Tootsie (1982), making this movie's three leads still all Academy Award Winners at the time the film was made and first released. 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.
Lenny Magrath: Oh, well, that's good news.
Lucille Botrelle: None of this is good news, Lenny Magrath! It's all a grueling nightmare and you mark my word those responsible will pay dearly!
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Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Fence Me In
Performed by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell
Written by Cole Porter
Publisher Warner Bros. Music
A Division of Warner Bros. Inc.
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Is it possible to enjoy....?
16 January 2001 | by Yale-6See all my reviews

Tedious story of neurotic Southern women, each of whom should be in the loony bin. Great shame, as each of the three principals is a fine actress who's done great work in other films. The movie's only virtue is providing a topic for academic discussions: Is it possible to enjoy a film if you do not like even one of the main characters?


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