Review: ‘Country’

Jessica Lange's pet project took a while to get produced, but it winds up firmly on the right track, with its basic theme of the classic struggle of the working man against the forces of government.

Jessica Lange’s pet project took a while to get produced, but it winds up firmly on the right track, with its basic theme of the classic struggle of the working man against the forces of government.

Screenplay recalls recent real-life events of how farmers have taken on loans with the government’s blessing in order to expand and wind up faced with foreclosure when unable to keep up with the payments.

Lange is the focal point, essaying the mother of the family faced with losing the farm which had been in her lineage for some 100 years. The family, like 40% of the farmers in the area, is about to be victimized by get-tough government policies.

Almost overshadowed by Lange, is Sam Shepard the husband, though he gives a quietly effective portrayal of the husband dealt a humiliating blow to his pride when the farm is fingered for liquidation.

1984: Nomination: Best Actress (Jessica Lange)

Country

Production

Touchstone. Director Richard Pearce; Producer William D. Wittliff, Jessica Lange; Screenplay William D. Wittliff; Camera David M. Walsh; Editor Bill Yahraus; Music Charles Gross;; Art Director Ron Hobbs

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Jessica Lange Sam Shepard Wilford Brimley Matt Clark Therese Graham Levi L. Knebel
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