Places in the Heart Movie Review 1984

Information and Film Reviews for Places in the Heart the Movie

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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:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Great Depression, Moms, Blindness, Farm Livin', War Between the Sexes, Twister!, Texas
Robert Benton
Sally Field, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, Ed Harris, Lindsay Crouse, Amy Madigan, Terry O'Quinn, Ned Dowd, Ray Baker
Nestor Almendros
Robert Benton
Howard Shore
Tri-Star Pictures


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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