- Actors: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich
- Directors: Robert Benton
- Writers: Robert Benton
- Producers: Arlene Donovan, Michael Hausman
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
- VHS Release Date: April 20, 1989
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00000F5KA
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Places in the Heart [VHS]
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"Places in the Heart" is a story of circles broken, families shattered, hatred and racism unleashed. After the senseless death of her husband, Edna Spaulding is left to do for herself, and for her family. Her task is clear--to do whatever she can to mend the breach in her family, to keep herself and her children together, to build a new communion.
With the help of Moses (Danny Glover) and Mr. Will (John Malkovich), Edna (Sally Fields) does all she can to keep tragedy from her door. Whether she succeeds or fails is not, it seems to me, the true heart of this film. No, the center of "Places in the Heart" is, again, communion, new circles being formed, old trespasses being forgiven, renewed belief in enduring values.
This a lovely film, generous of spirit, unafraid to wear its heart and its spirit on its sleeve. The results are moments of aching grace, deep tenderness, unabashed sentiment. This film asks you to feel, to set aside the ironic eye, the cynicism of our time. There are things, the film insists, in which we can and must believe if we are to prevail in a world that is--at best--unrelenting and--at worst--soul shattering.
Communion--"Places in the Heart" concludes with several of the most moving and spiritual minutes I have ever experienced in a film.Read more ›
Sally Field weilds absolute acting prowess as Edna Spaulding, a wife and mother of two kids who becomes widowed after a drunk accidentally shoots her husband. So she decides to make some money by planting cotton. She takes in a very friendly black man (wonderfully played by Danny Glover) who helps her get and plant the cotton, and a smart blind man (played by John Malkovich in an Oscar-nominated performance) who's a paying boarder.
These three adults and the two children form a little family together, and this is the part of "Places in the Heart" that works best.
Other characters add to the story. Lindsey Crouse was also Oscar-nominated for her portrayl of Field's sister who comes to help out after tragedy strikes early on. Ed Harris plays Crouse's husband who's having an affair with another woman, which makes for a somewhat inessential subplot. But that's a minor grouse.
Apart from the top-notch performances, the film's stunning finale is an unforgettable cinematic statement about hope. Had everyone in the room jerking a tear.
On DVD the film doesn't really look like an old movie (1984) if that bothers you. A highly recommended gem for any collection!
Edna Spalding (Sally Field) plays a woman recently widowed who suddenly has to figure out how to support herself and two children during Depression times. Moze (Danny Glover), a black man looking for room and board, offers the "crazy" suggestion of growing cotton and, desperate to try anything to keep her family together, Spalding steps up to the challenge. More important than Spalding's need for money, she must prove to herself and those around her that she can take care of her family. She had always just been a wife and a mother and nothing more had previously been asked of her. A blind boarder, Mr. Will (John Malkovich), "sees" the harshness and bigotries of life and is a quiet yet interesting observer of what's going on around him. Also added to this mix are Spalding's brother-in-law Wayne (Ed Harris) and sister Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) who go through marital struggles when Wayne becomes involved with another woman (Amy Madigan). They fight the basic human problem of being good people but making bad decisions.
Field's performance as Spalding is a great one--evidenced by her Best Actress Oscar for the role. Another Oscar was rewarded for Best Overall Screenplay and nominations were made for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Malkovich), Best Supporting Actress (Crouse), and Best Costume Design. Though "Places in the Heart" is often overlooked, it's a wonderful film overflowing with love, bravery, friendship, and strength of character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, good for all ages. Sally is wonderful as are all the members of this cast.Published 4 days ago by JR
Great film. Life works so much better if we can work together.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting and painful glimpse into the South in the first half of the twentieth century. Racial prejudice and hatred are depicted well. Read morePublished 10 days ago by D. Alexander
This VHS tape was terrible all you see is line's all through the movie.I wasted my money.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Schubart
The movie was like one of those TV movies.
If I was watching this film in a normal days, I would have complained because I don't like TV movies that much. Read more
Hubby thought it was slow moving. Yes there is a side story that maybe wasn't necessary but since it involved Ed Harris it's still interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John
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