Heartland (film)

Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. [1] 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). [2]

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Directed byRichard Pearce
Produced byBeth Ferris
Michael Hausman
Written byBeth Ferris
William Kittredge
Elinore Randall Stewart
StarringConchata Ferrell
Rip Torn
Lilia Skala
Barry Primus
Megan Folsom
Music byCharles Gross
CinematographyFred Murphy
Edited byBill Yahraus
The National Endowment for the Humanities
Wilderness Women
Distributed byLevitt-Pickman
Release date
  • September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 1910 Wyoming, a widow and her seven-year old daughter travel by train to two great unknowns-a strange land and life in a remote frontier with a man they never met. [3] [4]


Set in southwestern Wyoming, where Stewart homesteaded, the movie was filmed in central Montana. [5]

The soundtrack features New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis playing the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." [6]


In 1980, the film was featured as a "Buried Treasure" (a film that received little attention during its initial run) [7] by film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on an episode of the TV show, Sneak Previews, (the latter put the film as one of the best films of 1981) [8]



In 1980, the film shared the Golden Bear award for Best Film at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.[9]

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