Places In The Heart (1984)

ROBERT BENTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

USA, 1984.  Delphi II Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Benton.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Sally Field won her second Academy Award for her strong performance in this rural drama. After her sheriff husband is accidentally shot by a young boy playing with a gun in the Depression-era south, Field’s world as a single woman with a giant farm to keep running becomes much scarier. Now faced with the possibility of losing her land, she must harvest a huge crop of cotton or face the bank’s wrath, which is when her blind boarder (John Malkovich) and her new servant-turned-friend () come in very handy. Apparently based on Benton’s own experiences, the film is blessed with terrific dialogue and a powerful sense of reality. The excellent ensemble cast also includes Ed Harris and a notable Lindsay Crouse as Field’s sister.

Academy Awards:  Best Actress (Sally Field); Best Original Screenplay
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich); Best Supporting Actress (Lindsay Crouse); Best Director (Robert Benton); Best Costume Design

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Robert Benton)

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actress-Drama (Sally Field)
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Screenplay

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