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Where the Heart Is (1990)

Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group ... See full summary »

Director:

John Boorman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dabney Coleman ... Stewart McBain
Uma Thurman ... Daphne McBain
Joanna Cassidy ... Jean
Crispin Glover ... Lionel
Suzy Amis ... Chloe McBain
Christopher Plummer ... Shitty
David Hewlett ... Jimmy
Maury Chaykin ... Harry
Dylan Walsh ... Tom
Ken Pogue ... Hamilton
Sheila Kelley ... Sheryl
Michael Kirby ... Lionel's Father
Dennis Strong Dennis Strong ... Marvin X
Timothy Stickney ... Marcus
Emma Woollard Emma Woollard ... Olivia
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Storyline

Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group of protesters object to the destruction of one lonely, ugly building, called the Dutch House. Typically, the media is sent to the scene of the protest, and McBain appears on TV in a bad way. His children - Daphne (Thurman), Chloe (Amis), and Jimmy (Hewlett) - ridicule him for appearing on TV, and as a reward for their remarks, he drops them off at the Dutch House with $750 apiece, and tells them they're on their own. They must find jobs if they expect to make money to stay warm. McBain and his wife Jean watch from afar as their children adapt to their new lifestyle, meeting new friends, and inviting others into their new home, including a decrepit bum. Written by Ari Herzog <ari@ici.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Crispin Glover filmed this movie at the same time Back to the Future Part II (1989) was being shot. Crispin Glover did not reach a payment agreement for BTTF2 and archived footage was used with prosthetics added to stand-ins to portray his character. Glover later sued and won. See more »

Quotes

Stewart McBain: My Heart? Home is where the heart is, and I've lost my home.
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Connections

Referenced in Meet the Parents (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis)
Written by Margo Timmins and Michael Timmins, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
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Beautiful
22 July 2001 | by LanwenchSee all my reviews

The ending ties things up a bit too neatly, but this is a ravishingly beautiful film. Good ensemble work by all the cast (although the lovely Uma has obviously had some acting classes since this role)...However, the art direction is the true star - it's definitely worth checking out for that alone. This may not be Boorman's best work, but it didn't deserve the panning it got from the mainstream media when it came out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$530,893, 25 February 1990

Gross USA:

$1,106,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,106,475
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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