A Thousand Acres

1997

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IMDb Rating 6.0

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Reviewed by Phillip-7 7

I didn't actually have high hopes for this film because I had read some critics reviews when it first came out. I have not read the novel either. I thought the film was very well done and was moved by it. I agree that many of the supporting characters are underdeveloped but I could overlook that because I knew what was motivating the main characters. The two lead actresses are brilliant, especially Jessica Lange, who deserved an Oscar nomination for this. I loved the way her character slowly changed through the movie and Lange can evoke so much emotion in the viewer with something as small as a hand gesture. Pfieffer is strong as well although the story mainly revolves around Ginny and I don't really see why Pfieffer gets first billing here. I strongly recommend the film, espeically on dvd.

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Reviewed by djbenton-1 10

Having watched this film years ago, it never faded from my memory. I always thought this was the finest performance by Michelle Pfeiffer that I&#39;ve seen. But, I am astounded by the number of negative reviews that this film has received. After seeing it once more today, I still think it is powerful, moving and couldn&#39;t care less if it is &quot;based loosely on King Lear&quot;.<br/><br/>I now realize that this is the greatest performance by Jessica Lange that I&#39;ve ever seen - and she has had accolades for much shallower efforts.<br/><br/>A Thousand Acres is complex, human, vibrant and immensely moving, but surely doesn&#39;t present either of the primary female leads with any touch of glamour or &quot;sexiness&quot;. I don&#39;t think this is well received in these times.<br/><br/>Perhaps one reason for this film&#39;s underwhelming response lies in the fact that the writer (Jane Smiley(, screenplay (Laura Jones), and director (Jocelhyn Moorehouse) are all women. I know that, in my younger days, I wouldn&#39;t have read a book written by a woman. I didn&#39;t focus on this fact until years later.<br/><br/>If you haven&#39;t seen this movie or gave it a chance in the past, try watching it anew. Maybe you are ready for it.

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Reviewed by impavida 10

I was very moved by the gentle power of this movie and by the mood it created. I think it should have gotten a great deal more credit than it did. I agree that Michelle Pfeiffer should have been nominated, but I think all the performances were outstanding, and that Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange portrayed the deep affinity and conflicts of sisters with great emotional depth and sensitivity. Although I didn&#39;t read the book, I found the modern concept of King Lear very cool. I certainly will never look at the play quite the same way again!

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