Places in the Heart
1984, Drama, 1h 51m38 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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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. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Places in the Heart
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.
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.
[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.
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.
For all its ingratiating certainties about human values, this rural drama has been pieced together with evident skill and care.
[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.
Audience Reviews for Places in the Heart
May 02, 2018Not 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, 2014A 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, 2011Places 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 OKBrody M Super Reviewer
Places in the Heart Quotes
|Wayne Lomax:||You took a no-account piece of land and a bunch of people that didn't know what they were doin', and you farmed it better than anyone. Colored or white.|
|Possum:||Right on my biscuit!.|
|Edna Spalding:||EDNA SPALDING: "Moze." MOZE: "Yes, mam." EDNA SPALDING: "You took a no-account piece of land and a bunch of people that didn't know what they were doing...and you farmed it better than anyone. Colored or white.|
|Wayne Lomax:||You took a no-account piece of land and a bunch of people that didn't know what they were doing, and you farmed it better than anyone. Colored or white.|