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Plot, Details & Awards

Places in the Heart

PG In Theaters 10/12/2001 , 113min.
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Plot & Details

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 hold her farm and family together. Throughout the film, director Robert Benton stresses the importance of solidarity in facing down disaster, underlining this point with a remarkable surrealistic finale, in which the "live" members of the cast are seen singing a hymn with the characters who have "died" in the course of the film. Places in the Heart won Sally Field her second Academy Award.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Robert Benton Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Lindsay Crouse Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Arlene Donovan Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor John Malkovich Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Sally Field Won
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Ann Roth Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Robert Benton Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Sally Field Won
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Robert Benton Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director Robert Benton Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Directors Guild of America Best Director Robert Benton Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor John Malkovich Won
1984 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Robert Benton Won

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