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TitlePlaces in the Heart (1984)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityBlind
CountryUSA
Length102
GenreWar
Rating3
DirectorRobert Benton
CastSally Field Danny Glover John Malkovich
NotesSet in Waxahachie, Texas in the 1930s. Sally Field plays a woman, Edna Spaulding, whose policeman husband is shot dead at the beginning of the film. Ironically the killer is black but the shooting is almost accidental. Left to fend for herself the bank who own her house are seeking to foreclose but she is determined to keep the house and make a go of the land. The first person to turn up who might help her realise this goal is Moze, (Danny Glover). He plays a drifter making a living doing odd jobs and stealing the odd thing. After being turned down for work by Edna who can't afford his labour he steals her cutlery. Arrested and brought back to her house she says he is working for her. Moze moves into the shed and becomes her right-hand man. The bank is still putting on pressure and the oily bank manager blackmails her into taking in as a boarder his brother-in-law Mr. Will (John Malkovich). The brother-in-law is blind from WWI injuries. Of course Edna faces a number of crises as well as the Great Depression. There is a tornado, the price of cotton drops and the Klu Klux Klan come after Moze. Like the whole of the film Malkovich's blind character is not properly realised. There are great moments but there is a feel good factor running through whereby Moze's thieving is cleansed by his blackness, and Mr. Will's faults erased by his blindness. This is a good story, well told but seen through a rosy filter.

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