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Basics Critics:78Viewers:67Rusty:76
Category: Drama, Romance, WesternSub-Category: dramaNarrative location: WyomingRuntime: 96 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Richard PearceMusic: Charles GrossCinematography: Fred MurphyStars: Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus, Amy Wright, Lilia Skala, Jerry HardinAwards won: Golden Bear
National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Disarmingly realistic in its depiction of the realities of frontier life, Heartland is a strong antidote to the cliches of traditional Westerns. This semi-documentary slice of life is based on the diaries of Elmore Randall Stewart about her days on the Wyoming frontier in the early 20th century. It's a strongly feminist statement about a woman raising her small daughter alone and scrapping for a living by working for a shy Scottish rancher. Director Richard Pearce brings an endearing touch to a film that is helped greatly by the dazzling cinematography of Fred Murphy. Conchata Ferrell and Rip Torn star in this small film that substitutes veracity for a high-powered plot.

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