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Country (1984)

PG | | Drama | 29 September 1984 (USA)
Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife ... See full summary »

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Richard Pearce
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Jewell Ivy
Sam Shepard ... Gil Ivy
Wilford Brimley ... Otis
Matt Clark ... Tom McMullen
Theresa Graham Theresa Graham ... Marlene Ivy (as Therese' Graham)
Levi L. Knebel Levi L. Knebel ... Carlisle Ivy
Jim Haynie ... Arlon Brewer
Sandra Seacat ... Louise Brewer
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey ... Fordyce, FHA Man
Stephanie-Stacy Poyner Stephanie-Stacy Poyner ... Missy Ivy
Jim Ostercamp Jim Ostercamp ... Cowboy
Robert L. Somers Robert L. Somers ... Grain Elevator Operator (as Robert Somers)
Frank Noel Frank Noel ... Semi Driver (as Frank Noel Jr.)
Warren Duit Warren Duit ... Preacher (as Rev. Warren Duit)
Conrad Doan Conrad Doan ... Auctioneer
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Storyline

Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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In this country, when the land is your life...you fight for your life

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Country See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,443, 30 September 1984

Gross USA:

$9,640,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,640,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First release produced by Touchstone Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Tom McMullen: Listen, you owe the money, nobody forced you to borrow it.
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Referenced in Shepard & Dark (2012) See more »

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Underrated, gritty gem
7 January 2020 | by theclintdavisSee all my reviews

A good farm film should be as grimy as the main characters' fingernails after a day in the field and that's exactly what "Country" is. I was impressed by the tenderness of the acting and the unvarnished nature of the writing. This is one of those kitchen-sink dramas where voices are hardly raised and tears fall silently, without a scene being made by the character who is letting them go.

Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard are two of the finest actors of their generation and they prove it further here. Lange produces some moments of genuine strength that will inspire you and real vulnerability that will move you, all without ever taking it over the top. The whole feeling of this film is even and sure handed, even though it deals with some heavy subject matter like toxic pride and unethical lending practices.

Wilford Brimley also turns in one hell of a performance here as Lange's father. His mannerisms are so real and his powerful eyes just make his presence magnetic in every scene he's in.

"Country" is a must see for fans of movies that tell a great story without flare or easy answers.


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