Where the Heart Is (1990 film)

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This article is about the 1990 film. For other uses, see Where the Heart Is.
Where the Heart Is
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Directed by John Boorman
Produced by John Boorman
Edgar F. Gross
Written by John Boorman
Telsche Boorman
Starring Dabney Coleman
Suzy Amis
Uma Thurman
Crispin Glover
Joanna Cassidy
Christopher Plummer
David Hewlett
Music by Peter Martin
Cinematography Peter Suschitzky
Edited by Ian Crafford
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
February 23, 1990
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million
Box office $1,106,475

Where the Heart Is is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by John Boorman, and starring Dabney Coleman and Uma Thurman.


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.


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