- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
When aked if there is anything she believes in, Daphne (UMA THURMAN) states: "Well, there's the bald eagle
- but I wouldn't fight for it, I'm a pacifist."
USA Today - 02/23/1990
"...Stylish....WHERE THE HEART IS has enough polish to spruce up every shoe in the total Big Ten ROTC enrollment..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 02/23/1990
"...An undeniable grandeur and nobility....The actors do, for the most part, manage to bubble with enthusiasm..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/23/1990
"...A weird, gorgeous treat..."
Dabney Coleman stars as demolition contractor Stewart McBain in director John Boorman's WHERE THE HEART IS, a Capra-esque fable that harkens back to the populist comedies of the 1930s. When an architectural conservation group legally thwarts McBain's plans to vaporize the aging Dutch House apartments in Brooklyn, he's ridiculed for defending his actions in the media by the twentysomething layabout children who live off the fruits of his labor. Consequently the affluent businessmen decides to teach them a lesson by depositing them in the decrepit Dutch House with $750 each. Once there, Chloe (Suzy Amis), Jimmy (David Hewlett), and Daphne (Uma Thurman) decide to take on boarders to help with the expenses. Among them are Lionel (Crispin Glover), an aspiring clothing designer who pretends to be gay in order to be taken seriously, and Sheryl (Sheila Kelley), a young student who gives a demonstration of glossolalia (speaking in tongues), her area of study. Chloe, an artist who specializes in body-painting her friends against a backdrop of well-known masterpieces, decides to channel her talents into calendar art. However, while everything is going fine for his kids, McBain's business has gone down the drain, and he must now look to them for help.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Where The Heart Is
Stewart McBain (Dabney Coleman -- DRAGNET, TOOTSIE) is a successful, wealthy businessman who has given his family the easy life. Now, as young adults, none of the kids are in any hurry to leave the cushy lifestyle they enjoy at home. But McBain knows best. Or so he thinks! To the surprise of his wife (Joanna Cassidy -- WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT) he kicks the kids out into a dilapidated tenement hoping they'll discover responsibility for themselves. But the table turns when McBain's business goes under and he and his wife must move in with their offbeat offspring! Now the McBain family must once again learn to live together, an experience that teaches them where their real family fortunes lie!
When businessman Stewart McBain's kids, who are now young adults, don't want to leave home because of the cushy lifestyle he's provided, he decides to force reality on them by kicking them out. But when his successful business collapses, McBain is forced to move in with his offbeat offspring, remembering that "home is where the heart is."
Family Interaction |
- Shot on location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and New York, New York.
- Director John Boorman modeled elements of the story on the lives of his own children and their friends. The parents of his eldest daughter's brother-in-law had given their children a derelict old house to take care of, instead of giving them an allowance. They were meant to rent out rooms, but apparently they made a complete mess of it.
- Chloe's painting's were the work of Timna Woolard, a friends of the director's family.