Places in the Heart

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Released 1984

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Director:
Robert Benton
Released:
1984
Rating:
PG

Places in the Heart is a 1984 Depression-era drama that won Sally Field her second Academy Award. After losing her husband, widow Edna Spalding (Sally Field) must find a way to pay her farm debts in order to keep her Texas land and support her children. In spite of her reservations, she accepts help from Moze (Danny Glover), a black hobo, to plant a cotton crop after he tries to steal her family's silverware. She also takes in a boarder, Mr. Will (John Malkovich), a cantankerous blind man. While Edna battles a tornado and the Ku Klux Klan on her farm, her sister, Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) works at a beauty parlor to support her philandering husband, Wayne (Ed Harris), who has become involved with her best friend, Viola (Amy Madigan). Writer and director Robert Benton ("Kramer vs. Kramer") crafts an unsentimental look at the tough times and extraordinary challenges of small town life.

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  • 88

    Miami Herald

    Places in the Heart is set in another time and place. But it becomes universal because it is also a personal story of an artist turning from the safe confessional platitudes of Yup...

  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Sweet and relatively simple, a classic episodic melodrama of unabashed tenderness and unapologetic warmth, but it's not sentimental, and its offhanded explication of racism in rura...

  • 88

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    As with the best of memoirs, the film bears the verisimilitude of true art. It is a movie filled with small marvels, a welcome addition to the prestige films of fall. [02 Oct 1984]

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Historical, Family Dramas