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A Home of Our Own

4.5 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews

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Life for a single mother with six kids, no job and no place to live might be enough to break almostanyone's spirit. But for a proud and resiliant woman like Frances Lacey, it's both a challenge she embraces and a battle she refuses to lose. Starring OscarÂ(r) winner* Kathy Bates (Fried Green Tomatoes) and featuring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2) and "a supporting cast of fine young actors" ("Entertainment Today"), this "radiant [and] inspirational" (The Hollywood Reporter) film is a "touching, involving experience" (Los Angeles Times) that proves home really is where the heart is! Independent, strong-willed Frances Lacey (Bates) is determined to turn hard times into prosperity. Fed up with her supervisor's harassment, her oldest son's (Furlong)increasing delinquency and all of Los Angeles, she packs her kids into a rundown Plymouth and headseast. To some, Frances may look like a woman bound for nowhere but this is one tough lady who's definitely got a destinationthe American dream! *1990: Actress, Misery

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kathy Bates, Edward Furlong, Clarissa Lassig, Sarah Schaub, Miles Feulner
  • Directors: Tony Bill
  • Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Producers: Bill Borden, Dale Pollock, Helen Buck Bartlett, Patrick Sheane Duncan, Ross Canter
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Home of Our Own" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
The other reviewers have given great descriptions of this wonderfully touching movie, so I'll just say that Kathy Bates shines in this gem. Being a huge Bates fan, I consider this one of her best performances. Also not to be missed, is Soon-Teck Oh, one of Hollywoods most underutilized actors. Best known for his re-accuring roles on "M*A*S*H" [the series version], he brings true warmth and caring to the role of "Mr. Moon".

For anyone looking for a "feel good" movie, this one shouldn't be missed!
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This is the story of a single mom and six children who rent and barely get by from paycheck to paycheck in Los Angeles. When her job is lost, she packs up the family and sets out in a 1948 Plymouth. She promises her offspring that everything will eventually be "buttoned up and beautiful". While driving through Idaho, with the old car about to quit before they do, Mrs. Lacey spots an old would-be house which was begun and then abandoned. She convinces the owner of a nearby nursery to allow her and the children to work for the property. To some of the children it's an adventure, but life for Shayne, the oldest boy, is miserable. He is humiliated by his school coach and is constantly in arguments with his mother. His mother's iron-clad rule is enforced by her use of his deceased father's old belt.
Another child whose character is richly developed in the film is middle son Murray. Indoor plumbing becomes his goal in life!
Most viewers will probably be very frustrated at the mother's refusal to "take charity" even when her children suffer-- the Christmas scene is especially heartbreaking. I would not spoil the final fourth of the film for you-- but will simply say that it is believable. In fact, the entire story is supposed to be a true one, as stated by Shayne, who narrates these realistic events set in 1962.
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"The less you have, the more it hurts when you lose it."

In this independent film Frances Lacey is a widow trying to survive in the man's world of the 1960s. With three boys and three girls, ranging in age from four to fifteen, her task is even harder. Shayne, the eldest, has become the man of the house, albeit begrudgingly. When he talks out of turn he dutifully gets his father's belt and takes his punishment while Lynn, Faye, Murray, Annie and Craig look on.

Frances is a strong persuasive woman who stands up for herself and her children. After being fired from a Los Angeles potato chip factory for standing up to sexual harassment Frances decides, without discussion, to find something better. She sells whatever she can and packs everything else, along with the kids, into their rusty old Plymouth and starts driving.

They end up in rural Idaho sitting in the car outside a dilapidated half built frame house. It's love at first sight for Frances. In exchange for what Frances calls slave labour she makes an exchange with the owner and neighbour, Mr. Moon, for the property and house. He agrees hesitantly and totally unaware of the changes that are going to occur in his life.

For a regular income she talks the local bowling alley owner into hiring her even though she has no experience. She's willing to work and willing to learn. She passes her good work ethics onto her children who also work to earn money to help finish the house. Their only real home since their father died.

A Home of Our Own is an adult film with adult content and narrated by Shayne who looks back to when he was 15 years old. He calls his mother "one of a kind" and she certainly is.
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If you know what its like to be poor, or even if you empathise with the unfortunate, then you will surely love this movie. It brings tears to your eyes to see the middle-aged widow, played by Kathy Bates, struggle with her six children, to build a house, from nothing. I believe if you want to give your kids a shock of reality, then this movie is as real as you can get. Many families live like this in the third world. You come away with an appreciation of the true things in life: love, and family values.
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I have always loved Kathy Bates movies. This particular one I saw years ago, before it was ever available on video or DVD. When I got my computer one of the first things I did was search for 'A Home of our own'. I wanted to share it with my kids. It is a very humbling movie, and Kathy played the role extremely well. I come from a poor home of 9 children. We were only homeless once, when our house burnt down, but we were able to stay with family. So I guess I related well with the characters and story line. A+ movie and I would recomend it!!!
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Not very often do you see a movie listed where all but 2 people give it 5 stars. If 6 stars were possible on Amazon's rating scheme, I would have given them to this movie.

That fool that gave this movie only 1 star, and compared it to Anacondas obviously did not watch the movie. Just goes to show you that no matter how perfect something is, there is always one idiot who wants to tear it down.
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