Places in the Heart
|Places in the Heart|
|Directed by||Robert Benton|
|Produced by||Arlene Donovan|
|Written by||Robert Benton|
|Music by||John Kander|
|Editing by||Carol Littleton|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Release dates||September 21, 1984|
|Running time||111 minutes|
Places in the Heart (1984) is an American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about a U.S. Depression-era Texas widow who tries to save the family farm with the help of a blind white man and a black man. It stars Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, and Terry O'Quinn. It was filmed in Waxahachie, near Dallas, Texas.
- Sally Field as Edna Spalding
- Lindsay Crouse as Margaret Lomax
- Danny Glover as Moze
- John Malkovich as Mr. Will
- Ed Harris as Wayne Lomax
- Ray Baker as Sheriff Royce Spalding
- Amy Madigan as Viola Kelsey
- Yankton Hatten as Frank Spalding
- Gennie James as Possum Spalding
- Lane Smith as Albert Denby
- Terry O'Quinn as Buddy Kelsey
- Bert Remsen as Tee Tot Hightower
- Jay Patterson as W.E. Simmons
- Toni Hudson as Ermine
- De'voreaux White as Wylie
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1935 Waxahachie, Texas is segregated. Sheriff Royce Spalding leaves the family dinner to investigate trouble at the rail yards. He dies when accidentally shot by the young black boy, Wylie. Later, Wylie would be dragged behind a truck of the white vigilantes for all the community to see, including Spalding's family, that even an accidental trespasses by blacks on whites do not go unaddressed.
Edna Spalding has a family to raise and farm to maintain especially with the pressure coming from her sister and brother-in-law about having to come to terms with their new conditions. The cotton crop is planted and the bank has a note on the farm; money is scarce and the price for cotton is decreasing. There is work for the a black drifter and handy-man Moze but no money, so Edna offers him a meal. He makes off with some of her silver spoons.
Edna is set on keeping both the family together and the farm. Moze is caught with the stolen silver but Edna decides there is more to gain from the situation because of what he knows about growing and marketing cotton so she will forgive the thief's transgression and hire him. The frustrated banker has a disadvantaged brother-in-law, Will, who becomes a lodger at Edna's farm. He has been blinded in the war.
Edna sees the possibility of winning the Ellis County prize of $100 for the first bale of cotton brought to market but more pickers will be needed and they can be paid only if the prize is won. Edna sees that everyone recognize just what needs to be done for everyone to win including the blind Will cooking food especially for the feeding of the hired workers.
Edna and Moze are first in line at the wholesaler and lets the owner know that if he did not see that she got a good price for her crop that another wholesaler would be pleased to have the distinction of buying the crop that wins the prize as her husband had been the winner for such a long run.
That night Moze is accosted by Klan members, but is rescued by Will. Reluctantly, Moze moves on. Viola Kelsey ends her affair with Edna's brother-in-law when she departs with her husband, Buddy, for Houston. The movie ends, as it began, in church. Wayne passes communion to Margaret and it's passed from character to character from the movie, both living and dead. The last words are “Peace of God” spoken by the black boy Wylie to the Sheriff he had accidentally killed.
It won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Field) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Malkovich), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Crouse), Best Costume Design, Best Director, and Best Picture.
In 1985, when Sally Field reached the lectern to accept her second Oscar (the first was for Norma Rae), she uttered the memorable (and much-mocked) line, "I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" It is often misremembered as, "You like me—you really like me!"
- "Berlinale: 1985 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
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