Country

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1984
  • Running time: 105 min
Country is a 1984 American drama film which follows the trials and tribulations of a rural family as they struggle to hold on to their farm during the trying economic times experienced by family farms in 1980s America. The film was written by William D. read more

Country is a 1984 American drama film which follows the trials and tribulations of a rural family as they struggle to hold on to their farm during the trying economic times experienced by family farms in 1980s America. The film was written by William D. Wittliff and stars real-life couple Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard. The film was directed by Richard Pearce and was shot on location in Dunkerton and Readlyn Iowa and at Burbank's Walt Disney Studios. The film was Touchstone Pictures' second production, the first being Splash. Lange, who also co-produced the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe award for her role. Then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan stated in his personal diary that this film "was a blatant propaganda message against our agri programs." Some members of the U.S. Congress took the film so seriously that Jessica Lange was brought before a congressional panel to testify as an expert about living on family farms. Country was one of three 1984 films, including The River and Places in the Heart, that dealt with the perspective of family farm life "struggles".

Original Release

09/29/1984

US Release

09/29/1984

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Cast

Jessica Lange Jewell Ivy
Sam Shepard Gil Ivy
Wilford Brimley Otis
Matt Clark Tom McMullen
Theresa Graham Marlene Ivy
Levi L. Knebel Carlisle Ivy
Jim Haynie Arlon Brewer
Sandra Seacat Louise Brewer
Alex Harvey Fordyce, FHA Man
Stephanie-Stacy Poyner Missy Ivy
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Richard Pearce

Writers

William D. Wittliff

Cast

Jessica Lange Jewell Ivy
Sam Shepard Gil Ivy
Wilford Brimley Otis
Matt Clark Tom McMullen
Theresa Graham Marlene Ivy
Levi L. Knebel Carlisle Ivy
Jim Haynie Arlon Brewer
Sandra Seacat Louise Brewer
Alex Harvey Fordyce, FHA Man
Stephanie-Stacy Poyner Missy Ivy
Jim Ostercamp Cowboy
Robert L. Somers Grain Elevator Operator
Frank Noel Semi Driver
Warren Duit Preacher
Conrad Doan Auctioneer
James N. Harrell Bank Officer, Jim
Dean French Bartender
Betty Smith Secretary
Vern Porter Longley
Sandra J. Hughes Mrs. McAdams

Producers

Editors

Bill Yahraus

1985OscarBest Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1985Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
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