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Crimes of the Heart (1986)

Diane Keaton , Jessica Lange , Bruce Beresford  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess Harper
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Beth Henley
  • Producers: Arlene Rothberg, Bill Gerber, Burt Sugarman, Freddie Fields, P.K. Fields
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013RC6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crimes of the Heart" on IMDb

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Three Oscar-winning actresses have a go at one of playwright Beth Henley's southern-fried comedies, and cook up an agreeable gumbo. In the town of Hazelhurst, Mississippi, Diane Keaton dithers her birthday away as one sister (Jessica Lange) returns from a flopped attempt at a singing career in Hollywood, and the other sister (Sissy Spacek) languishes in jail after shooting her abusive hubby. Truth be told, all three have been a little touched in the head ever since the long-past day when their mother hanged herself along with the family cat. Bruce Beresford provides the workmanlike direction, and Sam Shepard and Tess Harper contribute supporting turns. But this one's all about the three skillful stars, who eschew showboating and defer to each other with real grace--they have the rhythms of family conversation down pat, and they embody the glances and sighs of sisterhood, rather than acting them. --Robert Horton

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up-close and intimate October 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The films I watch tend to be action films of the likes of Arnie, Stallone and Gibson et al. So it may come as a surprise that I say that I think this film is a real gem. So why do I think that? Well, for a start it's just a pure delight from start to end. Great acting, great directing, great storyline. It's a southern story played out with charm, elegance and humanity. It's really very diificult to say exactly why one likes this movie because it really is a special personal experience that covers so many things, from aspects of motivation, the way the characters reflect and even just their accents. I will never forget those simple lines "oh babe why did you do it" and the replies, or the "she was just having a very bad day" lines too. It's a very personal film, laid back, up-close, intimate, soft, a work of art. Brilliant acting, brilliant direction and brilliant script - lovely film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining! July 19, 2006
Typically films that blend comedy and drama don't come off very well. They have a tendency to swing from one extreme to the other without establishing a happy medium. "Crimes of the Heart" is not like that at all. The blend of comedy and drama is smooth and effortless. Basically the premise is a look at the relationship between the quirky Magrath sisters in the small town of Hazlehurst Mississippi. Elder sister Lenny (Diane Keaton) is an aging spinster with little experience with men. Middle sister Meg (Jessica Lange) has had more than her fair share of men and scandals that result. Youngest sister Babe (Sissy Spacek) has just shot her abusive husband and is facing a lengthy prison term if convicted. It is this event that brings the sisters together where their idiosyncrasies and past resentments surface and set the stage for some amusing confrontations and revelations. To me this film is synonymous with a warm hug as the atmosphere is very welcoming and familiar and as viewers we can really feel like a part of the Magrath sister's world. The performances are terrific and very natural. There's no impression of upstaging or attention mongering. The three leads act with each other as opposed to acting "at" each other. Tess Harper and Sam Shepard complete the film with their supporting turns. This is a great film that gets better with additional viewings and interestingly enough becomes more compelling and entertaining. Lots of fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimes of the Heart March 23, 2005
By Raj
`Crimes of the heart' is a wonderful movie based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley.

The story is about three sisters, Lenny (Diane Keaton), Meg (Jessica Lange), and Becky (Sissy Spacek), who reunite together after a long time when Babe (Becky) shoots her husband. Due to the fact that their mother committed suicide when they were young, the three girls have completely different personalities from each other. Lenny, the oldest, is a reticent woman having problems with relationships because she thinks low of herself due of her medical problems. Meg, the middle sister, leaves the family at a young age to pursue a career in Hollywood, only to end up in failure. Babe, the youngest sister, shoots her husband because of the abuse and loneliness through the years. As the days pass, the three sisters come closer again and face each other's difficulties.

This was a delightful movie to watch, due to many reasons. Firstly, the entire cast acted wonderfully. When you see names like Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange, you know you are going to see powerful performances of the characters in the movie. They all acted faultlessly in their own way according to their roles. Secondly, Bruce Beresford did a great job in brining Beth Henley's award-winning play to the screen. Furthermore, the background music also added well to the movie.

I wouldn't recommend this movie to everyone, but if you enjoy watching dark-comedy movies, then you will like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic! May 8, 2005
By Tim
I saw this movie on tv in the late 80's and it's always stayed with me. I now on it and watch it from time to time. the best thing about this movie is of course the actors! all 3 woman are amazing and some really good supporting roles as well. it has some pretty touching subjects in the film. dealing with death, abuse and an interacial love afair. so if you want a movie that has some pretty darn funny stuff in it thats also touching with some damn good performances then watch this movie!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie July 31, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Usually when I sense that the actors had a great time making a movie, the result isn't particularly noteworthy. ("Cannonball Run" comes to mind.) But "Crimes of the Heart" is an exception. If Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton and Sissy Spacek weren't absolutely delighted to tackle the lead roles in this film, they are much better actors than I thought.
The material is reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, who wrote some of the most humorous, offbeat Southern fiction extant.
The three sisters are so controlled by their visceral reactions that one wonders if any of them have ever had an intellectual moment. Although it would be maddening to have such people for friends, they're great instruments for movie comedy.
One final note: If anyone thinks Sissy Spacek is goofy-looking (as I used to), they will change their mind when they see her in this. She is absolutely gorgeous here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, thanks
Published 1 day ago by Kathleen P. Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this movie is great reminds me of my siblings
Published 2 months ago by lawana turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Charm
This has always been one of my favorites. Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek and Jessica Lange, I mean -- how can you go wrong with that combination? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fairy Tale
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimes of the Heart
I was excited to view Crimes of the Heart because I am going to the Guthrie to see it as a play. It's an endearing story
about three sisters who are very different but they... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margan
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama, funny and sad, all in one, what more could you want.
Sad story that has lots of funny in it, could be my family story. This is another story that makes you wonder what will happen next.
Published 6 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film!
excellent story - I love Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton and Sissy Sapsack - so it is hard to go wrong.
Published 10 months ago by DB-R
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not keep my interest
All the leading women are great actresses but something about this movie feels off! I could not get into it at all, and it felt choppy and overacted especially by Diane Keaton. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LimeyLe
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected better
With an ensemble cast like this I would have expected epic,sadly it was not. I understood that it was a southern drama but it felt like it was very over the top. Read more
Published 13 months ago by penny's from heaven
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but Goodie
I've seen this show many times but watch it over and over. I really like this movie. Everyone should watch it at least once.
Published 13 months ago by Glenda Pasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great movie, Great service!!!
Fine service with DVD arriving on time, as promised! It's in good condition, and my mother has been able to watch one of her fav movie over and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Scattini
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