Where the Heart Is (1990 film)
|Where the Heart Is|
|Directed by||John Boorman|
|Produced by||John Boorman
Edgar F. Gross
|Written by||John Boorman
|Music by||Peter Martin|
|Edited by||Ian Crafford|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 23, 1990|
|Running time||107 minutes|
Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a successful self-made demolitions expert who blows up buildings for a living. In the midst of one such project, a group of protesters stops the last building on a lot, the Dutch House, from being demolished. When McBain appears on TV to dismiss the protests, he is made to look foolish. Returning home, his three college-aged children - Daphne (Thurman), Chloe (Amis), and Jimmy (Hewlett) - ridicule him for appearing on camera.
Feeling his children are spoiled and soft, McBain kicks them out of the house. Giving them each $750, he drops them off at the Dutch House to live. The house is dilapidated and on the verge of collapse. In order to finance their new lives, the children take on housemates. These include a fashion designer (Glover) named Lionel; a homeless magician, Shitty (Plummer); a stockbroker, Tom (Walsh); and Sheryl, an amateur occultist (Kelley). Chloe is commissioned to finish a calendar for an insurance company. Lionel has to complete his designs for a fashion show. Chloe uses her roommates in the calendar and Lionel ends up using some of them to model for his show.
The story is told against the backdrop of a stockmarket crash which brings McBain to ruin. He desperately attempts to stave off a hostile takeover of his demolition company and fails. He loses his home and becomes destitute. Ultimately, his children take him in and he starts to see the world in an entirely different light.
- Dabney Coleman as Stewart McBain
- Joanna Cassidy as Jean McBain
- Suzy Amis as Chloe McBain
- Uma Thurman as Daphne McBain
- David Hewlett as Jimmy
- Crispin Glover as Lionel
- Christopher Plummer as "Shitty"
- Maury Chaykin as Harry
- Dylan Walsh as Tom
- Sheila Kelley as Sheryl
- Ken Pogue as Hamilton
- Robbie Coltrane as a business associate (uncredited)