Crimes of the Heart


Crimes of the Heart

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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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Diane Keaton
as Lenny Magrath
Jessica Lange
as Meg Magrath
Sissy Spacek
as Babe Magrath
Tess Harper
as Chick Boyle
Sam Shepard
as Doc Porter
David Carpenter
as Barnette Lloyd
Hurd Hatfield
as Old Grandaddy
Beeson Carroll
as Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard
as Lucille Botrelle
Tom Mason
as Uncle Watson
Greg Travis
as Willie Jay
Annie McKnight
as Annie May Jenkins
Connie Adams
as Zackery's Concubine
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Critic Reviews for Crimes of the Heart

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  • 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.

    Apr 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • [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
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crimes of the Heart


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

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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
ashley hayes-beaty

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quirky in both a good and bad way

jay nixon
jay nixon

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