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A Thousand Acres (1997)

"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rose Cook Lewis
... Ginny Cook Smith
... Larry Cook
... Caroline Cook
... Jess Clark
... Ty Smith
... Peter Lewis
... Harold Clark
... Ken LaSalle
Anne Pitoniak ... Mary Livingstone
... Charles Carter
... Pammy
... Linda
... Marv Carson
... Doctor
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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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Rated R for some strong sexual language | See all certifications »

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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En lo profundo del corazón  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$7,928,412, 14 December 1997
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The film took 5 years to be made, despite being based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. When the film was released, it was met with poor reviews and dismal box-office returns. See more »

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

Quotes

Larry Cook: You don't want it, my girl, you're out. Simple as that.
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Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

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Not all that bad
11 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

A Thousand Acres (1997:***) This sober drama lasted about a week in theaters and was dismissed as dreary soap opera by most critics. There are echoes of "King Lear" in the story of a wealthy farmer who decides to divide his estate among his three daughters. But I thought the reviews overestimated the extent to which the story uses the Lear parallels. It's just a catalyst for a strong drama of family conflicts and repressed memories coming to the fore that soon goes its own way. There are some script problems: the youngest daughter's loyalty to her cruel father seems quite inexplicable, and as a lawyer you would think she'd know better than to put a hopelessly senile person on the witness stand. The fine cast does pretty well, especially Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer, although as usual Jennifer Jason Leigh is barely adequate as the youngest sister. Maybe watching this on a stormy Sunday night helped put me in the mood, but I rather enjoyed this one.


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