Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer are quietly dazzling in this underrated adaptation of Jane Smiley's best-selling modern version of King Lear. The two play sisters of a stubborn, alcoholic Iowa farmer (Jason Robards), who decides to leave his fertile farm to them and their youngest sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). It is a decision that rends the family, setting siblings against one another and forcing long-held secrets out of their guilty closets. The family dynamics become ever more destructive, and the refuge of sanity the two older sisters have created may be their... only salvation. It's a tragedy not quite on a Shakespearean scale, but anyone who appreciates the difficulties of a dysfunctional family will relate to the heartbreak--and the promise of redemption. Pfeiffer especially is breathtaking as the good housewife Rose, whose rage at her father and her husband is never far from her placid surface. --Anne Hurley [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Best friends Bitter rivals Sisters Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling novel A Thousand Acres (penned by Jane Smiley) follows the saga of the Cook family headed by the indomitable patriarch Larry Cook (Jason Robards) Cook&39;s kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1000 acres but the seeds of its destruction are sown when he impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters Ginny (Jessica Lange) Rose (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Caroline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) The apportioned land soon begins to divide the family Long-guarded secrets unspoken rivalries and denied desires buried just beneath the surface of their respective lives are unwillingly unearthed with profound catastrophic and ultimately liberating repercussions Actors Jessica Lange Michelle Pfeiffer Jennifer Jason Leigh Colin Firth Keith Carradine Kevin Anderson Pat Hingle Jason Robards Michelle Williams John Carroll Lynch & Bob Gunton Director Jocelyn Moorhouse Certificate 15 years and over Year 1997 Screen Widescreen 1851 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (51) Duration 1 hour and 41 minutes (approx)