Crimes of the Heart (1986)



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In this story, three sisters from a rather dysfunctional family in the South are gathered together for a birthday. One can't seem to stay in a relationship for long, one was just released on bond for shooting her senator husband, and the other is an aspiring actress.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Beth Henley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG)


as Lenny Magrath

as Meg Magrath

as Babe Magrath

as Chick Boyle

as Doc Porter

as Barnette Lloyd

as Old Grandaddy

as Zackery Botrelle

as Lucille Botrelle

as Uncle Watson

as Willie Jay

as Annie May Jenkins

as Zackery's Concubine
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Critic Reviews for Crimes of the Heart

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

There are moments when the movie doesn't seem to know where it's going, but for once that's a good thing because the uncertainty almost always ends with some kind of a delightful, weird surprise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Crimes of the Heart


quirky in both a good and bad way

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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 hayes-beaty

Super Reviewer

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