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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 »

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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 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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahol a szív lakik See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,106,475
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Boorman originally envisaged this as a starring vehicle for Sean Connery. See more »

Quotes

Stewart McBain: Harry, your loyalty was an accusation. Blame someone else.
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Connections

Referenced in Meet the Parents (1992) See more »

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Depression-Era Story Transported to Early 1990s
23 August 2001 | by eibon04See all my reviews

A film that doen't get mentioned with the best of John Boorman is this sweet and poignant motion picture about the rise and fall and rise of a whalthy family. The family is made up of eccentric characters that are memorable in their individual characterizations. Where the Heart Is(1990) is a bright and wonderful movie that is one of Boorman's overlooked and underrated. The performance of Dabney Coleman is probably the best he has given in a long career of making motion pictures. One of the best films of the 1990s which I would love to see on DVD.


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