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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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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 »
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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has been promoted with slogans on DVD covers as being "From the Director of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) [Bruce Beresford]" which in fact was made and released around three years after Crimes of the Heart (1986). 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

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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Three of Hollywood's best actresses in one hysterical movie
2 April 1999 | by DomiMMHSSee all my reviews

But you may easily be disappointed, if you see Jessica Lange's performance here, whom I had so much respect for (well, there are few moments when she actually is believable, but most of the time she's just too fake, would-be cool and high above), and even worse, Diane Keaton's pathetic and unbelievable acting. And she was so good in so many other movies, what a shame...

What does make the movie worthwhile are the performances of a nasty Tess Harper and, before all, a wonderful Sissy Spacek. All in all, Lange, Keaton and Spacek don't deserve this film and it doesn't deserve them, nor can they save it. Oh yea, and the characters have rather stupid names and act in a too hysterical way. Though hardly enjoyable, Spacek and the better part of the story raise my personal rating to 4 out of 10.


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