A young widow determines to make the best of a bad situation on a small farm in Depression-era Texas, fighting poverty, racism, and sexism while enduring back-breaking labor. Support group includes a blind veteran and a black drifter. Hokey but nonetheless moving film is improved significantly by strong performances by virtually everyone in the cast. In his debut, Malkovich shines through this stellar group. Effective dust-bowl photography by Nestor Almendros.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.
Oscars 1984: Actress (Field), Orig. Screenplay; Golden Globes 1985: Actress--Drama (Field); Natl. Bd. of Review 1984: Support. Actor (Malkovich); N.Y. Film Critics 1984: Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1984: Support. Actor (Malkovich).
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