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Encyclopedia > Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart is a 1986 film which tells the story of three estranged sisters who reunite at the family home in Mississippi. Lenny, the oldest at thirty and lovelorn, summons the love'em-and-leave'em Meg home from Hollywood when their youngest sister Babe shoots her own husband. This dark comedy stars Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess Harper and Hurd Hatfield. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director, and producer. ... Jessica Lange in The Glass Menagerie (2005) Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Sissy Spacek in The River (1984) Mary Elizabeth Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Actor Sam Shepard mulls over a scene in the motion picture Stealth, while filming on June 15, 2004, aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. ... Tessie Jean Harper neé Washam (born August 15, 1950) is an American actress. ... Hurd Hatfield (centre), with Donna Reed (left), Angela Lansbury (right) and George Sanders (background) Hurd Hatfield (December 7, 1917 – December 26, 1998) was an American actor. ...


The movie was adapted by Beth Henley from her play, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. It was directed by Bruce Beresford. Beth Henley (born May 8, 1952), of Jackson, Mississippi, is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. ... Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Australian film director, writer, and producer. ...


It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Tess Harper) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...

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Crimes of the Heart Summary & Essays - Beth Henley (431 words)
Crimes of the Heart Summary & Essays - Beth Henley
At the end of 1980, Crimes of the Heart was produced off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club for a limited, sold-out, engagement of thirty-two performances.
Henley explores the pain of life by piling up tragedies on her characters in a manner some critics have found excessive, but she does so with a dark and penetrating sense of humor which audiences—as the play's success has demonstrated—found to be a fresh perspective in the American theatre.
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