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A Thousand Acres (1997)

"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

Director:

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writers:

Jane Smiley (novel), Laura Jones (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Rose Cook Lewis
Jessica Lange ... Ginny Cook Smith
Jason Robards ... Larry Cook
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Caroline Cook
Colin Firth ... Jess Clark
Keith Carradine ... Ty Smith
Kevin Anderson ... Peter Lewis
Pat Hingle ... Harold Clark
John Carroll Lynch ... Ken LaSalle
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Mary Livingstone
Vyto Ruginis ... Charles Carter
Michelle Williams ... Pammy
Elisabeth Moss ... Linda
Ray Toler ... Marv Carson
Kenneth Tigar ... Doctor
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Storyline

A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories. Written by Jason Englisbe <zzenglisbej@winthrop.edu>

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Best friends. Bitter rivals. Sisters.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En lo profundo del corazón See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,931,762, 21 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,928,412, 14 December 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer, who produced the film, wanted Paul Newman to play patriarch Larry Cook, but he turned down the role. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in Iowa but there is a State of Illinois certification sticker on the church kitchen-window frame. See more »

Quotes

Rose: [referring to her mastectomy] You think a breast weighs a pound?
[chuckles]
Rose: That's my pound of flesh.
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Soundtracks

Drink Called Love
(1997)
Written by Dominic Miller and William Topley
Performed by William Topley
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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An Underrated Adaptation
23 September 1998 | by Red7EricSee all my reviews

When I found out that Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jason Robards were teaming for a film based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, I went out and read the book immediately. "A Thousand Acres" was one of the best reading experiences of my life, and while the film couldn't capture the book in its entirety (no film could, unless it were six hours long), I really enjoyed it. Michelle Pfeiffer should have received another Oscar nomination for her fearless portrayal of Rose Cook Lewis, the character modeled after Shakespeare's evil Regan from "King Lear." While all of the performances are solid, they seem somehow timid next to Pfeiffer, who once again proves that she is most definitely not just another pretty face.


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