Places In The Heart


(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.

Delphi II Productions, TriStar Pictures

USA, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by Robert Benton

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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

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)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Screenplay (Robert Benton)


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