Cinema: On Golden Farm the River

Directed by Mark Rydell Screenplay by Robert Dillon and Julian Barry

Just everything goes wrong for Farmer Tom Garvey (Mel Gibson) and his ever- sufferin' wife Mae (Sissy Spacek). The local river rises and floods their corn crop; an agricultural cartel tries to buy them out; the mean old banks threaten to foreclose on their land; and Mae gets her arm caught in a corn- picking machine. But Tom will not be swayed: "I ain't leavin'. 'Cept in a box." And so he joins the farm women of Places in the Heart and Country as Hollywood's nominee for the collective American hero of 1984.

Mark Rydell, who directed The Reivers and On...

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