(out of 5)
The life of a rural family and their trials and tribulations are captured in this wonderful film that rises above soap opera trappings through steady performances and great direction. Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson are trying to raise their family on their farm, but natural disasters and unpredictable circumstances cause them hardships and force them into dire circumstances. Gibson must now consider taking on an extra job or lose the farm for good. Farm dramas were in no short supply in the early eighties (the Best Actress Oscar category of 1984 had three of them!) and this one is right up there with Robert Benton’s memorable Places In The Heart.
Directed by Mark Rydell
Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond
Music by John Williams
Production Design by Charles Rosen
Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins
Film Editing by Sidney Levin