Places in the Heart is a 1984 drama film that tells the story of a Texas widow who tries to keep her farm together with the help of a blind white man and an African-American man during the Great Depression. It stars Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, and Terry O'Quinn.
The film was written and directed by Robert Benton and filmed in Waxahachie, near Dallas, Texas.
Places in the Heart opens in Waxahachie, Texas in 1935 to scenes of the town and the sounds of a church choir singing "Blessed Assurance", often known as "This is My Story". Edna Spalding (Sally Field), places the final dish at the table. As the dinner begins there are reactions to gunshots in the distance. Sheriff Royce Spalding has a chance to eat a few bites before deputies come calling.
At the railway yards a young black boy is staggering around obviously drunk. He is still drinking from a bottle while firing off a revolver. The Sheriff approaches cautiously and calls him...