Places in the Heart

Places in the Heart

Robert Benton (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A beautifully paced and sumptuously shot heart-twanger that won Sally Field a richly deserved best actress Oscar, even if her acceptance speech will go down in the annals of excessive luvviedom. Field is wonderfully moving as the feisty, sorely tried small-town farmer battling the Depression as well as her emotions, and there's a fine supporting cast that includes John Malkovich, Danny Glover and Amy Madigan. Written and directed by Robert Benton, who won an Oscar for his screenplay, this is a lovingly crafted homage to the community values of his Texas home town. At the time, some cynics sneered at the sucrose level, but it's a hard heart that doesn't melt.


A sheriff's wife in Depression-era Texas finds herself struggling to cope when her husband is killed, leaving her to support her two children alone. However, a wandering black labourer in search of work turns their fortunes around with a plan to plant cotton on the family farm. Drama, starring Sally Field, Danny Glover, John Malkovich and Ed Harris.

Cast & Crew

Edna Spalding Sally Field
Moze Danny Glover
Mr Will John Malkovich
Margaret Lomax Lindsay Crouse
Wayne Lomax Ed Harris
Viola Kelsey Amy Madigan
Frank Spalding Yankton Hatten
Possum Spalding Gennie James
Director Robert Benton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD