Places In The Heart

Places In The HeartBBBB.5

(out of 5)


 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 () 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  and a notable as Field’s sister.


USA, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by Robert Benton

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Berlin 1985


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Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sally Field as “Edna Spalding”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen) (Robert Benton)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Malkovich as “Mr. Will”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lindsay Crouse as “Margaret Lomax”)
Best Costume Design (Ann Roth)
Best Directing (Robert Benton)
Best Picture (Arlene Donovan, producer)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Sally Field)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Screenplay (Robert Benton)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Robert Benton)

Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)
Top Ten Films

Berlin Film Festival Award
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Director (Robert Benton)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Robert Benton)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)


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