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Country (1984)




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Set in rural Iowa, this film focuses on one family, illustrating the struggles of the Midwestern farmer to keep their lands and their families together in the face of a government that is intent on calling in their loans at all costs.


Jessica Lange
as Jewell Ivy
Sam Shepard
as Gil Ivy
Levi L. Knebel
as Carlisle Ivy
Matt Clark
as Tom McMullen
Therese Graham
as Marlene Ivy
Jim Haynie
as Arlon Brewer
Sandra Seacat
as Louise Brewer
Alex Harvey
as Fordyce, FHA Man
Robert L. Somers
as Grain Elevator Operator
Frank Noel Jr.
as Semi Operator
Warren Duit
as Preacher
Conrad Doan
as Auctioneer
James N. Harrell
as Bank Officer
Dean French
as Bartender
Betty Smith
as Secretary
Vern Porter
as Longley
Sandra J. Hughes
as Mrs. McAdams
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Critic Reviews for Country

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

It has been so long since I've seen a Hollywood film with specific political beliefs that a funny thing happened: The movie's anger moved me as much as its story. The story is pretty moving, too.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There are no "trickle-down economics" working magic here, only an unfeeling bureaucracy that values profit over people.

April 5, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While Lange's performance alone elevates something like Country... There's something a bit stagnant about the melodrama of William D. Witliff's screenplay, which takes a compelling predicament but can't rightly fashion the familial characteristics.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Jessica Lange received a well deserved Oscar nomination for this compelling chronicle of farming in the Reagan era.

June 10, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Lange and Shepard are effective as modern farmers under threat.

June 12, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

A compelling and important film which presents the anguish, stress and anger of one contemporary farm family faced with foreclosure.

August 18, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Country

Okay..some of the films in the eighties don't really go the extra mile. This one falls short a wee bit of being truly good.

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