Places in the Heart

1984

Action / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.3 10 8924

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John Malkovich as Mr. Will
Ed Harris as Wayne Lomax
Sally Field as Edna Spalding
Amy Madigan as Viola Kelsey
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1hr 51 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by richard-1787 7 / 10

A collection of great performances do not, alas, a great movie make

This is a fine movie, certainly, lit up by some truly great performances.

First of all Sally Field's turn as the woman who has to learn how to run a cotton farm in the Depression when everything was stacked against her.

Followed by Danny Glover's underwritten performance as Moze, the man who helps her do that.

But, despite the fact that it received an Academy Award, I think the problem here, to the extent that it is a problem, is the script. It tries to cover too many stories, rather than developing the other main characters.

Nor was I a fan of the directing. Too many atmospheric shots. I would rather have learned more about some of the characters, especially Moze.

Still, a good movie, and one that will repay your watching it.

Reviewed by secondtake 7 / 10

Touchingly rendered, straight forward dramatic film about the Depression

Places of the Heart (1984)

A strong melodrama set in Depression Texas, and starring a wonderful Sally Field as the matriarch of a farming family. The plot follows some heartwarming paths that we've seen before, but with Danny Glover and Ed Harris helping in smaller roles, and a generally strong cast, the feeling of being on this old farm is believable. The bank threatens, racism raises its head, and the sky opens up its wrath.

All of this is just a matter of perseverance for this family. Eventually some cotton is grown, and a race to be first in with the crop leads to a hot and harrowing final few scenes.

Director and writer Robert Benton is returning to his own roots for this movie—it's set in his home town, though he was only three when these events are set. It feels like a romanticized autobiographical tale, something seen from a kid's point of view. The tacked on affair by Ed Harris is superficial, and the racist attack at the end is awful but not built into the story very well.

In fact, this isn't what you would call a masterpiece—there are loose ends and a feel good arc that get in the way.

Even the photography by highly regarded Nestor Almendros is beautiful but contained, as if paced to be classic without being drippingly gorgeous. The tornado scene is quite dramatic, of course, and well done, and there are moments—Sally field coming through the sunny hallway to the screendoor—that are stunning.

But these are a film critic's gripes. I watched it all with joy and interest, and when it was done was glad for nearly every minute.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

An exceptional film about hard times.

If you are looking for a film you'd describe as 'fun'....well, "Places in the Heart" is not the picture for you! However, it is still an exceptional film...lovingly made and well worth seeing.

The film is set during the Great Depression. A Texas man is senselessly killed...leaving his wife with bills and two children to feed. Her situation looks pretty hopeless and the bank is recommending that she send her kids to live with relatives or a Home...which she will NOT do. With the help of a homeless black man (Danny Glover) and an unwilling blind boarder (John Malkovich), she struggles against all the odds to make a go of it.

This is a very good film, filled with nice underplayed performances. My only quibble, and the reason I cannot give the film a 10, is that there is a subplot involving Ed Harris and Amy Madigan which simply has nothing to do with the rest of the film and is completely unnecessary. Still, you would have a hard time finding a better film from the era.

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