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Acclaimed by critics all over the country and boasting an Academy Award(r)-winning performance by Sally Field, PLACES IN THE HEART is a landmark film. Its emotionally gripping story centers around EdnaSpalding (Field) and her unending struggle against extraordinary hardships. But, as recalled from director-writer Robert Benton's own childhood, it's also a portrait of a time and a place and a people. It is the 1930s in Waxahachie, Texas. Against this Depression-torn background, unforgettable characters meet and collide. Like Mr. Will (John Malkovich), the blind boarder who sees all too clearly the bigotry of his time, Moze (Danny Glover), a black man who knows a lot, including his own place in a white Southern town, and Wayne (Ed Harris), Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) and Viola (Amy Madigan), decent people caught up in an adulterous triangle which threatens two marriages. Together they leave an indelible impression of faith, courage, love and, most of all, endurance.
A complete winner from start to last with a superb cast and story. Definitely one to watch and revisit.Published 14 days ago by Daniel Loveland
At the risk of sounding like I'm giving too much away, there's a strange bookend at the end. The film begins and ends in a typical south-mid-west Protestant church in America. Read morePublished 18 days ago by classicalsteve
I watched this again because it had been many years since I saw it in the theater and I wanted to know how it stood up to the test of time. It passed with flying colors. Read morePublished 26 days ago by M. Harris
Although this is an old movie, I had never seen it. It was such a beautiful story of loss, friendship and survival under very difficult circumstances. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Gayle J