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A Thousand Acres (1997)

"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

Director:

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writers:

Jane Smiley (novel), Laura Jones (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Rose Cook Lewis
Jessica Lange ... Ginny Cook Smith
Jason Robards ... Larry Cook
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Caroline Cook
Colin Firth ... Jess Clark
Keith Carradine ... Ty Smith
Kevin Anderson ... Peter Lewis
Pat Hingle ... Harold Clark
John Carroll Lynch ... Ken LaSalle
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Mary Livingstone
Vyto Ruginis ... Charles Carter
Michelle Williams ... Pammy
Elisabeth Moss ... Linda
Ray Toler ... Marv Carson
Kenneth Tigar ... Doctor
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Storyline

A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories. Written by Jason Englisbe <zzenglisbej@winthrop.edu>

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Best friends. Bitter rivals. Sisters.

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Drama

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Rated R for some strong sexual language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En lo profundo del corazón See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,931,762, 21 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,928,412, 14 December 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jocelyn Moorhouse reportedly tried to take her name off the picture after her first cut of the film didn't sit well with test audiences. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie Larry Cook asks why Ty is cultivating the corn. A good question since the corn is chest high and cultivating it without killing it would be impossible. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ginny: [voice over] I see hope.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Keep On Holdin' On
Written by Nic. tenBroek (as Nic. ten Broek) and Jenny Meltzer
Performed by Pastiche
Courtesy of MasterSource
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Read the book instead
26 May 2001 | by epitoneSee all my reviews

'A Thousand Acres' is one of the best books I've ever read and one of the worst movies I've ever seen, so obviously something was lost in the adaptation. On-set reports claimed that the director was trying to change the story radically while stars Lange and Pfeiffer attempted to keep it closer to the book. The director seems to have won out.

It's really a shame, because you couldn't ask for a better cast to bring 'Acres' to life. Jason Robards is dead-on as Larry, the psychologically damaged patriarch, and Lange, Pfeiffer, and Leigh have great chemistry as the three sisters. But good actors need good lines, and the screenplay doesn't give them any. The approach taken by the writer and director toward adapting Jane Smiley's brilliant, Pulitzer-prize winning novel seems to have been to simply stick all the dramatic, important scenes together and leave out the nuances and character development that made the story so special.

In fairness, 'Acres' couldn't have been easy to adapt; it has more than enough scope to make a movie trilogy or an entire series of television. Perhaps it was a mistake, then, to try to keep the beginning, middle and end essentially the same as the book. This approach shows us all the effects and none of the causes. Especially confusing is the scant 105 minute running time, which is only slightly longer than your average Adam Sandler movie. If the director and studio had been willing to make this a 3-hour film, it might have had a chance. As it stands, the movie plays like a highlight reel of the book, and that's not enough to involve the viewer emotionally.

'A Thousand Acres' is a fantastic story, though the movie would try hard to convince you otherwise. Pick up the book and see for yourself.


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