Places in the Heart -10/10 This movie reminds me of those days back when I was younger and even more addicted to watching movies. I'd search through my huge movie review books to seek out all those old hidden gems. I was probably 16 or 17. I kept hearing about this Akira Kurosawa guy and ended up watching his films and anything with a high score. Some of the old "Great Movies" by Roger Ebert helped too. I always tried to watch some of the films he gave a 3 1/2 out of 4 too. Anyway, this is one of those old 80's films that really seems to fly under the radar. I always try to find movies this good, but it's rare. Like some of those recent french movies I watched (Jacques Tati films), this is one of the better American films i've seen in the last 5 years. It's about a woman during the depression who loses her husband and has to try to still raise her kids and keep her farm going. If they don't come up with enough money to pay for the farm they will lose it. Perfect cast too. Sally Field, John Malkovich, Danny Glover and Ed Harris. This one was nominated for Best Picture and I believe Sally Field got a best actress award. If so, she deserved it. Danny Glover was good in this too. Despite happening during the depression, a lot of this movie reminded me of my time growing up in a small city. Back then we didn't need video games, cell phones and television to keep us entertained. It's weird saying this since I was only born in 1980! I grew up with 20 acres of woods and a pond to fish and swim in. It seems we always spent most of our free time outside when we were kids. I was reading up on this movie online and a lot of this was based on the memories of Robert Benton's life growing up (he's the director).