Heartland (film)

Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce,[1] starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell.[2] The film is a stark depiction of early homestead life in the American West. It is based on a memoir by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, titled Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914).[3]

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Directed byRichard Pearce
Written byBeth Ferris
William Kittredge
Elinore Randall Stewart
Produced byBeth Ferris
Michael Hausman
StarringConchata Ferrell
Rip Torn
Lilia Skala
Barry Primus
Megan Folsom
CinematographyFred Murphy
Edited byBill Yahraus
Music byCharles Gross
The National Endowment for the Humanities
Wilderness Women
Distributed byLevitt-Pickman
Release date
  • September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 1910 Wyoming, a widow and her seven-year old daughter travel by train to two great unknowns-a strange land and life in a remote frontier with a man they never met.[4][5]


Set in southwestern Wyoming, where Stewart homesteaded, the movie was filmed in central Montana.[6]

The soundtrack features New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis playing the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."[7]


In 1980, the film was featured as a "Buried Treasure" (a film that received little attention during its initial run) [8] by film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on an episode of the TV show, Sneak Previews, (the latter put the film as one of the best films of 1981) [9]



In 1980, the film shared the Golden Bear award for Best Film at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival,[10] and one year later on the Top Ten Films from National Board of Review alongside cinematic heavyweights like Academy Award for Best Picture winner Chariots of Fire and the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Turner Classic Movies
  2. ^ Heartland Movie Review & Film Summary (1981)-Roger Ebert.com
  3. ^ 5 Reasons to Watch the Movie Heartland·Willow and Thatch
  4. ^ Hen's Tooth Video
  5. ^ Heartland Trailer 1981-Video Detective on YouTube
  6. ^ "Woman Homesteader".
  7. ^ What a Friend We Have in Jesus by George Lewis-Topic on YouTube
  8. ^ Edge Center for the Arts: “Heartland” is the January Film Classic in Bigfork
  9. ^ "Siskel and Ebert Top Ten Lists - Inner Mind".
  10. ^ "Berlinale 1980: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-17.

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