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Crimes of the Heart Details


Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley (who also penned the screenplay), Crimes of the Heart stars three high-powered actresses as three high-strung sisters. Lenny (Diane Keaton), Meg (Jessica Lange) and Babe (Sissy Spacek) gather at Lenny's deep-South home for her birthday. Lenny, the oldest, can't seem to sustain a relationship with a man. Meg is an aspiring actress who hasn't progressed beyond commercial voice overs. And Babe is released on bond from jail after shooting her senator husband. Add to this information the fact that the girls' mother killed herself in Lenny's house, and that when Meg offhandedly expresses the wish that grouchy grandfather Hurd Hatfield would slip into a coma, he does, whereupon the sisters, despite every effort to treat the situation with proper sobriety, burst into helpless laughter over her "psychic" powers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 12, 1986


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Beth Henley Best Adapted Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tess Harper Best Supporting Actress 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sissy Spacek Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1986 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Sissy Spacek Best Actress 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sissy Spacek Best Actress 1986 Nominee


Diane Keaton
as Lenny Magrath
Jessica Lange
as Meg Magrath
Sissy Spacek
as Babe Magrath
Sam Shepard
as Doc Porter
Tess Harper
as Chick Boyle
David Carpenter
as Barnette Lloyd
Hurd Hatfield
as Old Grandaddy
Beeson Carroll
as Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard
as Lucille Botrelle
Greg Travis
as Willie Jay
Tom Mason
as Uncle Watson
Connie Adams
as Zackery's Concubine
Tom Mason
as Uncle Watson


Bruce Beresford
Freddie Fields
Beth Henley
Beth Henley
Play Author
Dante Spinotti
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Anne Goursaud
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Ferdinando Giovannoni
Art Director
Burt Sugarman
Executive Producer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Kay Rose
Supervising Sound Editor