Where the Heart Is (1990 film)

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Where the Heart Is
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Directed byJohn Boorman
Written by
  • John Boorman
  • Telsche Boorman
Produced by
  • John Boorman
  • Edgar F. Gross
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Edited byIan Crafford
Music byPeter Martin
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • February 23, 1990 (1990-02-23)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million[1]
Box office$1,106,475[2]

Where the Heart Is is a 1990 American romantic comedy film co-written and directed by John Boorman and starring Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurman, Joanna Cassidy, Crispin Glover, Suzy Amis, and Christopher Plummer.


Stewart McBain 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, Chloe, and Jimmy–ridicule him for his television appearance.

Feeling his children are spoiled, McBain kicks them out of the house. Giving them each $750, he drops them off at the Dutch House, which 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 named Lionel; a homeless magician, Shitty; a stockbroker, Tom; and Sheryl, an amateur occultist. 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.

A stockmarket crash 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 a new light.



  1. ^ "AFI-Catalog". catalog.afi.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ Where the Heart Is at Box Office Mojo

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