Heartland

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Western

This touching, realistic frontier story stars Conchata Ferrell as Elinore, a widow determined to make a good life for her ten-year-old daughter (Megan Folson). Answering an ad, Elinore travels to Wyoming to be the housekeeper for taciturn skinflint Clyde (Rip Torn), a hard-as-nails Scottish farmer. Elinore works tirelessly for Clyde, who comes to take a...read more

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This touching, realistic frontier story stars Conchata Ferrell as Elinore, a widow determined to make a good life for her ten-year-old daughter (Megan Folson). Answering an ad, Elinore travels to Wyoming to be the housekeeper for taciturn skinflint Clyde (Rip Torn), a hard-as-nails

Scottish farmer. Elinore works tirelessly for Clyde, who comes to take a liking to her and helps her obtain some land from an eccentric female rancher (Lilia Skala). The harsh winter all but does Elinore and her daughter in, but Clyde comes to the rescue, and eventually, he and Elinore marry.

Elinore becomes pregnant and gives birth without medical help; however, the baby soon dies. But, undaunted, the little family continues to struggle to survive against nearly overwhelming hardships.

Ferrell is nothing less than magnificent as the hearty mother who bears all burdens without complaint and remains optimistic, and Torn is also superb as the farmer transformed from a bitter recluse into a loving mate. This was the feature debut of director Richard Pearce, a documentary filmmaker,

and it is sterling. His visual approach is rich and his cameras painstakingly record the hard life of iron-willed pioneers attempting to tame the frontier in the early 20th century.

HEARTLAND was made for about $600,000, but has all the appearances of a major feature. The moving story is based on the real-life experiences of Elinore Stewart, who described her frontier life in a series of beautifully written letters.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This touching, realistic frontier story stars Conchata Ferrell as Elinore, a widow determined to make a good life for her ten-year-old daughter (Megan Folson). Answering an ad, Elinore travels to Wyoming to be the housekeeper for taciturn skinflint Clyde (… (more)

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