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Places in the Heart
Of the three "mortgage on the farm" films of 1984 (Country and The River were the other two), Places in the Heart is the only one set during the Depression. After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. Though slightly embittered by the fact that a black man was responsible for her husband's death, Field accepts the help of another African-American, Danny Glover. She is also given aid and comfort by her blind boarder, John Malkovich. Despite almost insurmountable odds, Field manages to bring in the cotton crop and to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Out of the memories of his boyhood in Waxahachie, Tex., during the Great Depression, and within the unlikely tradition of the old-fashioned ''mortgage'' melodrama, Robert Benton has made one of the best films in years about growing up American."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Set in the Depression, Benton's memory film is too sanctimonious and idealistic, showing how economic misery and hard times bring out the best, here in the form of a new community, composed of a white widow and her children, a black hobo and a blind."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Field succeeds in making Edna both fragile and tough-minded, defiant not by character or disposition but by sheer effort of will."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Emotionally affecting film about struggling through adversity and living with hope in a small Texas town during the 1930s."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Much is unemphatic, but all of it carries the moving weight of conviction. And it ends on a healing grace-note which passeth all understanding."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Brilliant, Oscar-winning period piece"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"quiet drama that settles into the memory like a story Grandma might tell"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"[Benton's] memories provide the material for a wonderful movie, and he has made it, but unfortunately he hasn't stopped at that. He has gone on to include too much."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"moving and inventive"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Benton's personal drama is soulful and utterly absorbing. And yes, we really like Sally Field in this defiant role"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Places definitely feels manipulative and sometimes even shameless, but cheap isn't a word that applies here."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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