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Places In the Heart

Places In the Heart
Places In the Heart
Places In the Heart
  • PG
  • 1h 51m
  • 1984
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Acclaimed by critics all over the country and boasting an Academy Award(r)-winning performance by Sally Field, PLACES IN THE HEART is a landmark film. Its emotionally gripping story centers around Edna Spalding (Field) and her unending struggle against extraordinary hardships. But, as recalled from director-writer Robert Benton's own childhood, it's also a portrait of a time and a place and a people. It is the 1930s in Waxahachie, Texas. Against this Depression-torn background, unforgettable characters meet and collide. Like Mr. Will (John Malkovich), the blind boarder who sees all too clearly the bigotry of his time, Moze (Danny Glover), a black man who knows a lot, including his own place in a white Southern town, and Wayne (Ed Harris), Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) and Viola (Amy Madigan), decent people caught up in an adulterous triangle which threatens two marriages. Together they leave an indelible impression of faith, courage, love and, most of all, endurance.
© 1984 TriStar Pictures , Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Places in the Heart is a quiet character piece with grand ambitions that it more than fulfills, thanks to absorbing work from writer-director Robert Benton and a tremendous cast.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Places in the Heart is set in Texas during The Great Depression and shows a community dealing with poverty, lack of hope, and racial prejudice. Important messages about family, compassion, and respect for individual differences are effectively delivered. Several dramatic sequences are suspenseful and scary (a shooting, a beating, a turbulent storm); other scenes dealing with the bigotry of the time are highly charged and unsettling (the "N" word is used). Though outcomes are inspirational and prove that human goodness and ingenuity are rewarded, there are sad moments (spoiler alert: a father is killed; a young African-American is lynched; a violent storm threatens a town). A sub-plot concerns an adulterous relationship (some kissing, embracing, no nudity). Characters smoke; wine is used in a religious ceremony.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Educational Value
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 21, 1984
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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