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A feminist farm belt version of William Shakespeare's King Lear, this film is based on Jane Smiley's novel about an aging farmer and his three daughters. The Lear-like farmer, Larry Cook (Jason Robards), decides to divide up his thousand-acre farm among his three daughters, but he disinherits his youngest, Caroline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), an attorney, when she expresses hesitancy. The other sisters, Ginny (Jessica Lange) and Rose (Michelle Pfeiffer), take up the offer, even though they were sexually abused by their father as children. They also take up romantically with the hippie son of a neighboring farmer, Jess Clark (Colin Firth), after their own drunken, demented father moves out to live with Clark's father Harold (Pat Hingle). When Rose's husband Peter (Kevin Anderson) learns of her betrayal, he gets drunk, crashes his truck, and dies. Ginny's husband Ty (Keith Carradine) enlists Caroline's help and sues Ginny and Rose on behalf of their father, whom he feels has been treated badly by the daughters. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jessica Lange Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1997 Nominee

Cast

Michelle Pfeiffer
as Rose Cook Lewis
Jessica Lange
as Ginny Cook Smith
Jason Robards, Jr.
as Larry Cook
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Caroline Cook
Colin Firth
as Jess Clark
Keith Carradine
as Ty Smith
Kevin Anderson
as Peter Lewis
Pat Hingle
as Harold Clark
John Carroll Lynch
as Ken LaSalle
Anne Pitoniak
as Mary Livingstone
Vyto Ruginis
as Charles Carter
Michelle Williams
as Pammy
Elisabeth Moss
as Linda
Ray Toler
as Marv Carson

Crew

Jocelyn Moorhouse
Director
Marc Abraham
Producer
Steve Golin
Producer
Kate Guinzburg
Producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Producer
Lynn Arost
Producer
Jane Smiley
Book Author
Laura Jones
Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto
Cinematographer
Maryann Brandon
Editor
James F. Truesdale
Art Director
Diana Pokorny
Co-producer
Thomas A. Bliss
Executive Producer
Armyan Bernstein
Executive Producer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Richard Lightstone
Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Nancy Klopper
Casting
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