Friday, January 2, 2009

Don't Mess With Texas, Or This Movie!

Few films today tell stories that I care to hear. Even fewer are those that I treasure and want to share with others. However, there is a film as old as I am that can't go without mentioning. Robert Benton's 1984 drama "Places In The Heart", with Sally Field, Ed Harris, Danny Glover, John Malkovich, and Amy Madigan. This soul-stirring tale of home and survival is set in Waxachie, Texas, Benton's hometown and basis for the real-life incident that affected his family there during the Great Depression.

Ed Harris is one of my favorite actors, if not for his role in this movie alone. Glover's performance is gentle yet unforgettable, Malkovich is deep and mysterious and Sally Field is ... well ... let's just say a little guy named Oscar took her bait.

This film needs to re-visit theaters everywhere. Timeless, universal, triumphant.

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