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.
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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
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.
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.
[It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be.
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.
The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Audience Reviews for Crimes of the Heart
quirky in both a good and bad way
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.
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.
Crimes of the Heart Quotes
|Babe Magrath:||You know, Chick's hated us ever since we had to move here from Dixieville to live here with old grandmamma and old granddaddy.|
|Meg Magrath:||Well, she's an idiot.|
|Babe Magrath:||Yeah. You know what she said to me this mornin' when I was still behind bars and couldn't get away?|
|Babe Magrath:||She told me how embarrassin' it was for her all those years ago. You know, when mama...|
|Meg Magrath:||Yeah, down in the cellar.|
|Babe Magrath:||She said that our mama had shamed the entire family and that we were known notoriously all through Hazelhurst. Then she went on to say how I would now be gettin' just as much bad publicity and humillatin' her and the family all over again.|
|Chick Boyle:||So, Rebecca, what are you gonna tell Mr. Lloyd about shootin' Zachery, uh, what are your reasons gonna be?|
|Babe Magrath:||That I didn't like his looks. That I didn't like his stinkin' looks! I don't like yours either, Chickie stick. So leave me alone and I mean it. Just leave me alone.|
|Chick Boyle:||Uh! Well! I was tryin' to warm her that she is gonna have to help herself. She just doesn't seem to have any idea how serious this situation is, now does she? She doesn't have the vaguest idea.|
|Lenny Magrath:||Well, it's true. She does seen... confused.|
|Chick Boyle:||That is puttin' it mildly, Lennie honey. That is puttin' it mighty mild.|
|Babe Magrath:||I don't know what's happenin' to Lennie.|
|Meg Magrath:||What do you mean?|
|Babe Magrath:||Well, she's turned into old grandmama|
|Meg Magrath:||You think so?|
|Babe Magrath:||Well, more and more. Look there. She's even taken to wearin' old grandmama's torn sun hat and her lime green garden gloves. Lennie works out in the garden wearin' the lime green gloves of a dead woman.|
|Meg Magrath:||Oh, how I do love birthday cake.|
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