Places in the Heart

1984

Places in the Heart

Critics Consensus

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 (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2)

  • Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.

    Jun 5, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Much is unemphatic, but all of it carries the moving weight of conviction. And it ends on a healing grace-note which passeth all understanding.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • [Benton's] memories provide the material for a wonderful movie, and he has made it, but unfortunately he hasn't stopped at that. He has gone on to include too much.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Out of the memories of his boyhood in Waxahachie, Tex., during the Great Depression, and within the unlikely tradition of the old-fashioned ''mortgage'' melodrama, Robert Benton has made one of the best films in years about growing up American.

    May 20, 2003
  • Robert Benton spends most of this film signaling his intentions to make a noble, stirring piece of dust-bowl Americana on the model of a Ford or Vidor, yet the goods he delivers are wholly synthetic.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • To buy the movie, one has to buy the director's particular brand of Christian quietism.

    Aug 20, 2019 | 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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