Places in the Heart

1984

Places in the Heart

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Places in the Heart is a quiet character piece with grand ambitions that it more than fulfills, thanks to absorbing work from writer-director Robert Benton and a tremendous cast.

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After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. She accepts the help of African-American Danny Glover and blind boarder John Malkovich. Despite almost insurmountable odds, Field manages to bring in the cotton crop and to hold her farm together.

Cast

Sally Field
as Edna Spalding
Ed Harris
as Wayne
Ray Baker
as Spalding
Bob Porter
as Stunt Double
Bert Remsen
as Tee Tot Hightower
Jay Patterson
as W.E. Simmons
Sharon Schaffer
as Stunt Double
Jerry Haynes
as Deputy Jack Driscoll
Lou Hancock
as Dispossessed Lady
Norma Young
as Beauty Shop Customer
Bill Thurman
as Lone Star Syrup Boy
Jim Gough
as Lone Star Syrup Boy
Cliff Brunner
as Lone Star Syrup Boy
Arthur Pugh
as Dove Haslip
Lynn Covey
as KKK Man
J.C. Quinn
as Texas Voice
Randy Fife
as KKK Man
Robert Schenkkan
as Texas Voice
Vernon Grote
as KKK Man
Trey Wilson
as Texas Voice
Ned Dowd
as KKK Man
Paul Nuckles
as KKK Man
Paul Goodwin
as Mr. Cheeves
Connie Grandell
as Mrs. Cheeves
Shanna Shrum
as Rosalie Lomax
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Critic Reviews for Places in the Heart

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (4)

  • You must simply accept the flood of emotion and let it wash over you, because the tears are jerked by performances that are informed by intelligence and taste as well as emotional honesty.

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I have no doubt that Robert Benton's Oscar-nominated Places In The Hear is a sincere film. But I find it pretty egregious just the same, covered with a thin layer of Hollywood treacle that consistently' prevents it packing the emotional punch intended.

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • [The] story has the fond hues and textures of instant nostalgia, cosily wrapped in the Sunday rituals of the film's leisurely start and outrageously sentimental finish.

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is Benton back to his best -- the writer of Bonnie and Clyde and director of Bod Company, who finds the beating heart of his country in the countryside.

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For all its ingratiating certainties about human values, this rural drama has been pieced together with evident skill and care.

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Places in the Heart is] sweet, though not saccharine. If the sense of place is very strong here, it's because four generations of Bentons have lived in the town where the story happens and the movie was filmed.

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Places in the Heart

  • May 02, 2018
    Not without some effective moments but Benton could have excised the tedious subplots and lost nothing. In fact he could have used that extra time to flesh out all three of his main characters.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2016
    'Places' is OK, but as much as it is supposed to be an uplifting movie about unlikely survival during the Depression, I found it depressing as in the end, it is only by luck and Moze that Edna survives - and next year, with neither Moze or luck on your side, she will lose the farm anyway.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2014
    A well polished pieces but sometimes these bits of drippiness weigh heavily on me. Just have to get me in the right mood to like this one more.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2011
    Places In The Heart was a good movie but it wasn't as good as I heard.I think the best thing about the movie was Sally Field's character & how she did everything she could to keep a roof over her & her family's head.Other then that, It was just OK
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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