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The Yearling
Character: Ory Baxter
Created by: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Directed by: Rod Hardy
Written by: Joe Wiesenfeld
Produced by: Edwin Self
Other cast: Peter Strauss, Wil Horneff, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jarred Blancard
Release date: April 24, 1994
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Running time: 1h 30min

In 1870s Florida, a rural family struggles to survive. A lonely twelve-year-old son, Jody, the lone surviving child, against his mother's better judgment eventually persuades his parents to allow him a pet fawn, which Jody grows to love deeply. Tragic conflict arises when the fawn begins eating the family's food crops.

On Jean’s performance

→ Jean Smart plays Jody’s cold, bitter mom, Ora Baxter, who’s still trying to cope with the death of her other young’uns; there’s not much breadth of emotions in this role, but Smart conveys the stoicism and mean spirit of the woman well enough. [From “Reviews: The Yearling” – Variety]