Where the Heart Is (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Where the Heart Is (1990)




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In this comedy from writer-director John Boorman, wealthy real estate mogul Stewart McBain (Dabney Coleman) owns a demolition firm which specializes in blowing up old buildings to make way for upscale new ones. When neighbors protest his plans to raze a dilapidated old building to make way for a new Brooklyn subdivision, television crews film the confrontation, and McBain comes off like a fool. His three spoiled children ridicule him. Tired of their carping, McBain gives them each 750 dollars and drops them off at the old building, known as the Dutch House. Daphne (Uma Thurman), Chloe (Suzy Amis), and Jimmy (David Hewlett) are at first completely lost, because they have no idea how to live in the real world. As McBain and his wife, Jean (Joanna Cassidy), monitor their children's progress, the three youngsters learn to get along with the neighborhood people and eventually set up a commune of sorts, into which they invite their friends and various homeless people.

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Dabney Coleman
as Stewart McBain
Uma Thurman
as Daphne McBain
Suzy Amis
as Chloe McBain
Christopher Plummer
as Homeless Gent
David Hewlett
as Jimmy McBain
Ken Pogue
as Hamilton
Michael Kirby
as Lionel's Father
Dennis Strong
as Marvin X
Paulina Gillis
as Secretary
Gary Krawford
as Presidential Aide
Sandi Ross
as Woman Speaking in Tongues
Ralph Small
as Eviction Man
Ida Carnevali
as Mrs. Jose
Philip Williams
as Man with Writ
Howard Lende
as Wall Street Man
Maurice Godin
as Stock Exchange Dealer
David Bronstein
as Stock Exchange Dealer
Christine Kossak
as Runway Model
Ric Sarabia
as NYC Unemployment Clerk
Catherine Blythe
as Runway Model
Ann-Marie MacDonald
as Stock Exchange TV Reporter
Frances Flanagan
as Dutch House TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Where the Heart Is

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Am I crazy in not seeing this as a New York story?

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The silver screen of the '90s continues to present a world populated by the people bom with silver spoons in their mouths and the people who spoon-feed them their pumpkin pie.

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Well intentioned but failed attempt at morality story about homelessness

October 19, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

Misses the mark by a mile.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Well-intentioned hunk of trash.

March 4, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Fascinating, overlooked reworking of Leo the Last.

January 9, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Where the Heart Is

One of my favourite movies where a bunch of rich young adults are forced by their folks to live out on their own. The actors are great, and it's funny as well. I loved this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A miserable Dabney Coleman comedy with he and his artistic children living in a rundown apartment building. I didn't realize a younger Uma Thurman was in this one.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Strange movie with colorful characters. I liked the artist sister the most and her project of photographing murals with live people blended into the art.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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