Heartland (1979)




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This film, set in rural Wyoming in the early-20th century, focuses on taciturn Scottish farmer Rip Torn. Conchata Ferrell arrives to work as Torn's housekeeper. Conchata hopes to use her savings to insure a bright future for her daughter. Touched by her diligence, Torn slowly falls in love with Ferrell.
PG (adult situations/language)
Drama , Western
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Rip Torn
as Clyde Stewart
Conchata Ferrell
as Elinore Randall Stewart
Lilia Skala
as Grandma Landauer
Amy Wright
as Clara
Jerry Hardin
as Cattle buyer
Megan Folsom
as Jerrine
Mary Boylan
as Ma Gillis
Doug Johnson
as Cowboy
Marvin Berg
as Justice of Peace
Jeff Boschee
as Land Office Agent
Megan Folson
as Jerrine
Robert Overholzer
as Land Office Agent
Gary Voldseth
as Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for Heartland

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

An intelligent and invigorating production, blessed by an extraordinary performance from Conchata Ferrell.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015

A robust and authentic look at the everyday mundane struggles on the frontier.

Full Review… | September 24, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unlike other films of the "farming" cycle (Country, Places in the Heart) casting the lead with a newcomer (Conchata Ferrell), who didn't look like an actress, added to the film's authenticity.

Full Review… | December 3, 2006

Nothing great, but it's wonderfully textured and chock-full of fascinating dailiness that gives it fine authenticity.

November 19, 2010

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October 26, 2005
Laramie Movie Scope

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Heartland

In a movie filled with wonderful things, the very best thing in Heartland is Conchata Ferrell's voice. It is strong, confident, clear as a bell, and naturally musical. It is a fine instrument, bringing authenticity to every word it says. It puts this movie to a test, because we could not quite accept that voice saying words that sounded phony and contrived.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Quietly moving story of life in Wyoming and the hardship of life there, the rough kindness and the need for human companionship. It's hard to explain--but would be very good for a story showing life out in the west before the turn of the century.

Frances Ann Ade
Frances Ann Ade

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