A family is torn apart after a father gives his valuable farm land to his daughters.

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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Trivia

Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Leigh Morrow. She changed her last name to Leigh early on in her acting career and the middle name "Jason" was chosen by her as an homage of Jason Robards, who was a family friend. A Thousand Acres is the only film the two appeared in together. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie Larry Cook asks why Ty is cultivating the corn. A good question since the corn is chest high and cultivating it without killing it would be impossible. 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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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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Fear of Loss
Written by Peter Ajemian and Bruce Wojick
Performed by God's Children (as God's Chldren)
Courtesy of MasterSource
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Acres See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,931,762, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:

$7,936,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,936,780
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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