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  • 15
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1986
  • 105 mins

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

About

Beth Henley's play is translated into film and the result, while too reliant on its theatrical origins is still entertaining. Largely this is to do with Spacek's performance as the youngest of three eccentric Southern sisters (the others played by Keaton and Lange), who is on the run after committing adultery and then nonchalantly shooting her husband after he found out. The snappy dialogue comes thick and fast, while Spacek and Harper revel in turns that landed them both Oscar nominations.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Tess Harper, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, David Carpenter
  • Director: Bruce Beresford
  • Writer: Beth Henley
  • Producer: Freddie Fields
  • Photographer: Dante Spinotti

In a nutshell

This shows up regularly on late-night TV, and you'll quite happily watch when it does.

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