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 .  Academy Awards 1984.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.  National Board of Review Awards 1984.  New York Film Critics Awards 1984.  

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.

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