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In this tearjerker based on a successful stage drama, an untimely death haunts a trio of sisters, yet their love proves stronger than any familial tragedy. Meg (Jessica Lange), Lenny (Diane Keaton) and Babe Magrath (Sissy Spacek) aren't exactly mirror images of one another, as becomes clear through their dealings with Old Granddaddy (Hurd Hatfield). But when one of the siblings is pushed to the brink by desperation, they pull together during a makeshift reunion.

Cast & Crew

Diane Keaton
Lennora Josephine 'Lenny' Magrath
Jessica Lange
Margaret 'Meg' Magrath
Sissy Spacek
Rebeca 'Babe', 'Becky' Magrath Botrelle
Sam Shepard
Doc Porter
Tess Harper
Chick Boyle
David Carpenter
Barnette Lloyd
Hurd Hatfield
Old Granddaddy
Beeson Carroll
Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard
Lucille Botrelle
Tom Mason
Uncle Watson
Gregory Travis
Willie Jay
Annie McKnight
Annie May Jenkins
Burt Sugarman
Executive Producer
Georges Delerue
Original Music
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Anne Goursaud
Film Editor
Ken Adam
Production Design
Stephen Marsh
Production Design
Garrett Lewis
Set Decoration
Albert Wolsky
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Critic Reviews for Crimes of the Heart

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

  • It is excruciating: a combination of Beth Henley's insistently eccentric screenplay, Bruce Beresford's frenzied direction and the sight of three singular talents on an acting roller coaster with no one riding the brakes.

    April 11, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Beresford fails to generate sufficient chemistry to bind the performances. Occasional bursts of delicious tragic humour nevertheless make this a not unlikeable 'feminist' mood piece.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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    July 7, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • Okay, the Oscar-winning actresses chew the scenery, but if you can't do that in a movie about crackpot Southerners, when can you?

    August 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • [It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As Spacek, Lange and Keaton clamor for attention, "Crimes of the Heart" becomes less a movie than a three-ring circus, and ringmaster Beresford does little to direct your gaze.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crimes of the Heart

  • Feb 18, 2021
    The dark comedy and strange little moments make this work.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2013
    Yeeeaaah I can be taken into a good women buddy buddy film but it is so easy for these things to get overly sentimental and drippy. I think that is the true crime of the heart of this picture.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2009
    Great cast great performanses Realy I enjoy this film. Briliand women roles indeed.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2007
    I was really expecting alot more from this because I love the 3 stars,but it just wasn't quire there. There are some very funny parts and I enjoyed their interaction,but there needed to be more story.
    ashley h Super Reviewer

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