Places in The Heart. 1984. Sally Field, Ed Harris, John Malkovich, Danny Glover.
"This was a wonderful film which unfortunately I haven't seen for some years, so forget many of the subtleties. Sally Field is superb in the role of the Depression era Texas widow, Emma Spalding, and deserved her second Oscar which showed that yes, we really do like her. I always love this actress, who is especially compelling in the dramatic Norma Rae and charming in the romantic comedy, Murphy's Romance.or
The film tells the tale of a good, kind, loving, and strong woman, the widow, Emma (who has been left with with two children to raise on her own) and the pair of disparate characters who help her to literally 'save the farm'...the black drifter, Moze, who plants her cotton, and the intriguing blind border, Mr. Will, that she is forced to take on to appease the nasty banker. Because of mortgage difficulties, Emma's farm and in fact, her life are always in the hands of the local bank manager. The unlikely bond between the trio (Emma, Moze, and Mr. Will) and their shared struggle is always the very heart of the film. There are, however, other local small town characters portrayed here, including a sub-plot revolving around a pair of married folk engaged in an adulterous affair...." from IMDb
"...the story of a Southern widow who tries to keep her farm together with the help of a blind man and an African-American man. It stars Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, and Terry O'Quinn.
It won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Field) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Malkovich), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Crouse), Best Costume Design, Best Director and Best Picture.
In 1985, when Sally Field reached the podium to accept her second Oscar (the first was for Norma Rae), she uttered the memorable, much-mocked line, "I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" It is often misremembered as, "You like me, you really like me!"from Wikipedia
Have you seen it? If not, get thee to Block Buster or Netflix and get it. I figure some of you are young enough you might not have seen it, so I won't spoil it. It is an excellent movie, the acting is superb, and the final scene took my breath away. And yanked tears from my eyes like my whole head was filled with water and just exploded.
OK, I love movies but don't get really excited about one all that often. This one got to me. Seriously, I totally understand why it won so many awards, and if you've not seen it, it is so worth it. See it.