Places in the Heart
Places in the Heart (1984)

After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. She accepts the help of African-American Danny Glover and blind boarder John Malkovich. Despite almost insurmountable odds, Field… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Variety Staff

Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.

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Clint Morris

A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

moving and inventive

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris Edna Spalding finds herself alone and broke on a small farm in the midst of the Great Depression when her husband the… More
Daisy Maduro
Places in the heart was a movie I took from my friend list, award winning movies.It was a strong well made drama that took place in Texas during the Depression… More
jay nixon
sally's very good but the film is slow
John Ballantine
A well polished pieces but sometimes these bits of drippiness weigh heavily on me. Just have to get me in the right mood to like this one more.