Places in the Heart (1984)
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Of the three "mortgage on the farm" films of 1984 (Country and The River were the other two), Places in the Heart is the only one set during the Depression. After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. Though slightly embittered by the fact that a black man was responsible for her husband's death, Field accepts the help of another African-American, Danny Glover. She is also given aid and comfort by her blind boarder, John Malkovich.
Sep 21, 1984 Wide
Oct 9, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.
Much is unemphatic, but all of it carries the moving weight of conviction. And it ends on a healing grace-note which passeth all understanding.
Out of the memories of his boyhood in Waxahachie, Tex., during the Great Depression, and within the unlikely tradition of the old-fashioned ''mortgage'' melodrama, Robert Benton has made one of the best films in years about growing up American.
Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field.
Set in the Depression, Benton's memory film is too sanctimonious and idealistic, showing how economic misery and hard times bring out the best, here in the form of a new community, composed of a white widow and her children, a black hobo and a blind.
moving and inventive
Field succeeds in making Edna both fragile and tough-minded, defiant not by character or disposition but by sheer effort of will.
Brilliant, Oscar-winning period piece
Benton's personal drama is soulful and utterly absorbing. And yes, we really like Sally Field in this defiant role
Emotionally affecting film about struggling through adversity and living with hope in a small Texas town during the 1930s.
quiet drama that settles into the memory like a story Grandma might tell
Audience Reviews for Places in the Heart
- Edna Spalding: Moze.
- Moze: Yes, mam.
- Wayne Lomax: You took a no-account piece of land and a bunch of people that didn't know what they were doing, and you farmed it better than anyone. Colored or white.
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