GenreWestern, Drama Music directorCharles Gross LanguageEnglish
WriterWilliam Kittredge, Elinore Randall Stewart Release dateSeptember 22, 1979 CastRip Torn (Clyde Stewart), Conchata Ferrell (Elinore Randall Stewart), Barry Primus (Jack), Megan Folsom (Jerrine), Lilia Skala (Mrs. Landauer), Amy Wright (Clara Jane) Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Fish Tank, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss, Jupiter Ascending
Heartland trailer 1981
Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. 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).
Set in southwestern Wyoming, where Stewart homesteaded, the movie was filmed in central Montana.
The soundtrack features New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis playing the hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
In 1980 the film was featured as a "Buried Treasure" (a film that received little attention during its initial run) on an episode of the TV show, Sneak Previews, produced and hosted by the film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.
heartland sneak peek
Rip Torn as Clyde Stewart
Conchata Ferrell as Elinore Randall Stewart
Barry Primus as Jack
Megan Folsom as Jerrine
Lilia Skala as Mrs. Landauer
Amy Wright as Clara Jane
Jerry Hardin as Cattlebuyer
Mary Boylan as Ma Gillis
Jeff Boschee as Land Office Agent #1
Robert Overholzer as Land Office Agent #2
Bob Sirucek as Dan Byrd
Marvin Berg as Justice of the Peace
Gary Voldseth as Cowboy
Mike Robertson as Cowboy
Doug Johnson as Cowboy
In 1980, the film shared the Golden Bear award for Best Film at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.