Heartland (film)

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Directed by Richard Pearce
Produced by Beth Ferris
Michael Hausman
Written by Beth Ferris
William Kittredge
Elinore Randall Stewart
Starring Conchata Ferrell
Rip Torn
Lilia Skala
Barry Primus
Megan Folsom
Music by Charles Gross
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Edited by Bill Yahraus
Distributed by Levitt-Pickman
Release date
  • September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. The film is a stark depiction of early homestead life in the American West. It is based on a memoir by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, titled Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914).

Set in southwestern Wyoming, where Stewart homesteaded, the movie was filmed in central Montana.

The soundtrack features New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis playing the hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

In 1980 the film was featured as a "Buried Treasure" (a film that received little attention during its initial run) on an episode of the TV show, Sneak Previews, produced and hosted by the film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.



In 1980, the film shared the Golden Bear award for Best Film at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

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  1. ^ "Berlinale 1980: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 

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