Release dateFebruary 20, 1987 (1987-02-20) CastWinona Ryder (Gemma), Rob Lowe (Rory), Jason Robards (Dillard), Jane Alexander (Juanelle), Irma P. Hall (Preacher Dixon), Brad Leland (Drunk Cowboy) Similar moviesThe Most Dangerous Woman Alive, Knock Knock, Class of 1984, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Halloween
Square Dance (television broadcast title: Home Is Where the Heart Is) is a 1987 American drama film written by Alan Hines, who also wrote the novel of the same name. The film was directed by Daniel Petrie and released on February 20, 1987. It is primarily remembered for having earned Rob Lowe his only Golden Globe Award nomination for a film role.
Gemma Dillard (Winona Ryder) is a 13-year-old country girl who lives with her Grandpa Dillard (Jason Robards). Gemma is visited by her mother with an offer to come stay with her in the city. Her mother is now married and can provide for her.
Gemma accepts and soon finds herself in a new environment. She becomes acquainted with a man with an intellectual disability, 21-year-old Rory Torrance (Rob Lowe). They play together, hang out together, and imagine that they are married.
The story focuses on a series of bitter-sweet experiences that eventually return Gemma to the country.
Winona Ryder as Gemma Dillard
Jason Robards as Grandpa Dillard
Jane Alexander as Juanelle
Rob Lowe as Rory
Guich Koock as Frank
Deborah Richter as Gwen
The film saw mixed reception and was a box office bomb. However, Rob Lowe was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Vincent Canby of The New York Times cited Lowe's performance as "arresting", while Rita Kempley of The Washington Post felt that Lowe's character of Rory was "played with extraordinary sweetness".
The film later aired as an NBC movie of the week under the title Home Is Where the Heart Is. One of the members of the Bayou Band as seen in the film was Trace Adkins who, in 1996, would have the first of more than 20 country hits.