A Thousand Acres

Character: Ginny Cook Smith

Directed by: Jocelyn Moorhouse

Written by: Laura Jones

Produced by: Marc Abraham, Thomas Bliss

Cast Members: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Colin Firth, Keith Carradine, Kevin Anderson, Pat Hingle, Jason Robards

Released date: September 19, 1997

Genre: Drama

A modern-day telling of King Lear. Larry Cook is the patriarch of a mid-Western farming dynasty who announces his desire to share the land between his three daughters, precipitating a list of crises that threaten to engulf the family.


• Best friends. Bitter rivals. Sisters.


• According to an article in Premiere Magazine 1997, all extras in the film had to sign an agreement promising not to attempt to approach/speak to actresses Michelle Pfeiffer or Jessica Lange.
• ‘Jessica Lange’ battled with producers during the editing phase of the film, during which time the film had gone through extensive re-editing. When released, Lange stated that the only thing about the film which worked were the performances.

Character’s Quotes

• Rose left me with a riddle I have not yet resolved: how we judge those that hurt us and show no remorse.
• It was Rose who dropped things through the grates. It was Rose who sang.
• [voice over] There was no use telling him that Caroline hadn’t turned him down. She’d just expressed a doubt. She’d spoken as a lawyer, when she should’ve spoken as a daughter. But my father’s pride had been injured.
• You think this is bad, Daddy? You’d be amazed at what you really deserve. As far as I’m concerned, you’re on your own now.
• Remorse reminds me of Daddy, who had none.
• [last line – voice over] I see hope.

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