COUNTRY: From Heartland to Heartthrobs

Drama, music and comedy rub shoulders in three fall films

How're ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen the fall crop of farm movies? In one of those bewildering flurries of consensus that occasionally lead Hollywood toward artificial revivals of old genres (Remember the passel of westerns in 1980?), three major studios have produced a trio of films on the same unfashionable subject: Don't sell the farm, Mother! Disney's Country, like Tri-Star's Places in the Heart and Universal's forthcoming The River, tells the story of a strong-willed woman who fights...

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