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A Place to Grow (1995)

Unrated | | Drama | 27 October 1995 (USA)
Upon his brother's death, a recording artist returns to his hometown to sell the family farm.


Merlin Miller


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Morris Gary Morris ... Matt Walker
Tracy Kristofferson Tracy Kristofferson ... Cheryl Shuler
John Beck ... Paul Shuler
Nikki Dunaway Nikki Dunaway ... Laura Shuler
Wilford Brimley ... Jake
Boxcar Willie Boxcar Willie ... Carl Betz
Woody P. Snow Woody P. Snow ... Bill Carlson
Ed Marshall Ed Marshall ... Dan
Sandy Lowe Sandy Lowe ... Linda
Marilyn Harper Marilyn Harper ... Peg
Juice Newton Juice Newton ... Centennial Singer
Steve Wariner ... Centennial Singer
John Hornsby John Hornsby ... Centennial Singer
R.J. Burns ... Scott Walker
Michelle Tennis Michelle Tennis ... Michelle


Upon his brother's death, a recording artist returns to his hometown to sell the family farm.

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Laura's Song
Written by Dottie Moore and Jeff Rea
Performed by Gary Morris
Courtesy of Logrhythm Music (BMI)
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A Place to Sacrifice Two Hours of Your Life You Will Never Get Back
12 December 2013 | by soundtracklover1See all my reviews

"A Place to Grow" is a hokey, woefully stereotypical representation of the American Midwest, brought to us by the surprisingly racist and antisemitic writer, producer, and director Merlin Miller, who also happened to be 2012's presidential nominee for the American Third Position Party.

All politics aside though, the movie is a clichéd bit of Midwest feel-good melodrama, featuring the "talents" of singers Gary Morris and the late Boxcar Willie in perhaps what should remain their only acting roles. Though the cover proudly boasts a performance by Wilford Brimley (indeed, one of the few palatable aspects of the film), he's given very little screen time to do anything with his role—and even less in the script.

However, if one truly good thing can be said about this mostly unfortunate production, it is a fine young performance by Nikki Dunaway as Laura Shuler in her only known screen credit. Shuler not only carries her own weight, she even occasionally picks up the slack when her adult counterparts fall flat.

That aside, even hardcore Midwest, or more specifically Southwest Missouri, loyalists should best avoid this turkey. Most of it isn't worth the celluloid.

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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les moissons du coeur See more »

Filming Locations:

Miller, Missouri, USA

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Production Co:

Ozark Pictures See more »
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Ultra Stereo


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