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Places in the Heart Details

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Of the three "mortgage on the farm" films of 1984 (Country and The River were the other two), Places in the Heart is the only one set during the Depression. After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. Though slightly embittered by the fact that a black man was responsible for her husband's death, Field accepts the help of another African-American, Danny Glover. She is also given aid and comfort by her blind boarder, John Malkovich. Despite almost insurmountable odds, Field manages to bring in the cotton crop and to hold her farm and family together. Throughout the film, director Robert Benton stresses the importance of solidarity in facing down disaster, underlining this point with a remarkable surrealistic finale, in which the "live" members of the cast are seen singing a hymn with the characters who have "died" in the course of the film. Places in the Heart won Sally Field her second Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 1984

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arlene Donovan Best Picture 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lindsay Crouse Best Supporting Actress 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Benton Best Original Screenplay 1984 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Robert Benton Best Screenplay 1984 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Benton Best Screenplay 1984 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Robert Benton Best Director 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Benton Best Director 1984 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Robert Benton Silver Bear for Best Director 1985 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sally Field Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sally Field Best Actress 1984 Winner
National Board of Review John Malkovich Best Supporting Actor 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Malkovich Best Supporting Actor 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ann Roth Best Costume Design 1984 Nominee

Cast

Sally Field
as Edna Spalding
Lindsay Crouse
as Margaret Lomax
Ed Harris
as Wayne Lomax
Amy Madigan
as Viola Kelsey
John Malkovich
as Mr. Will
Danny Glover
as Moze
Yankton Hatten
as Frank
Gennie James
as Possum
Lane Smith
as Albert Denby
Vernon Grote
as KKK Man
De'Voreaux White
as Wylie
Lou Hancock
as Dispossessed Lady
J.C. Quinn
as Texas Voice
Jim Gough
as Lone Star Syrup Boy
Toni Hudson
as Ermine
Jerry Haynes
as Deputy Jack Driscoll
Shelby Brammer
as Ruby
Terry O'Quinn
as Buddy Kelsey
Matthew Posey
as Eugene
Bob Porter
as Stunt Double
Norma Young
as Beauty Shop Customer
Ned Dowd
as KKK Man
Bert Remsen
as Tee Tot Hightower
Trey Wilson
as Texas Voice
Gregg Brazzel
as KKK Man
Ray Baker
as Royce Spalding
Paul Nuckles
as KKK Man
Jay Patterson
as W.E. Simmons
Robert Schenkkan
as Texas Voice

Crew

Robert Benton
Director
Michael Hausman
Producer
Arlene Donovan
Producer
Robert Benton
Screenwriter
Néstor Almendros
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
John Kander
Composer (Music Score)
Carol Littleton
Editor
Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Michael Hausman
Executive Producer
Lee Poll
Set Designer
Derek R. Hill
Set Designer
Mary Malin
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
James Pilcher
Sound/Sound Designer
Bran Ferren
Special Effects
Joel Tuber
First Assistant Director
Peter Odabashian
Sound Editor
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