A Home of Our Own

Synopsis: The story begins in Los Angeles when Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) takes her six children and drives north to find a home of their own away from the bad influences of the big city.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Tony Bill
Production: PolyGram Video
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


(nostalgic orchestral music)

(nostalgic orchestral music)

- [Shayne] This is the

only photograph I own

from my childhood.

It was taken in 1955

when I was 8 years old

by my father, with a borrowed camera,

and it's the only thing I

have left from those days,

except for my memories.

This is a true story.

This really happened to me.

By 1962, I was 15 years old.

I had two brothers and three sisters,

no father, no money.

I was the man of the house,

and my mother, well...

She was one of a kind.

(machines whirring)

- Christ! You out of your mind?

What's the matter with you, a**hole?

- All right, all right.

(thud, clattering)

What's the matter with you?

- What's the matter with you?

- Mr. Owens, to the office immediately.

Mist, ahhh!

- F***ing a**hole, you

clean it up yourself.

He's the one that started it.

- So did you.

Come on.

- Back off, back off.

- He grabbed my ass.

- Okay. Come on!

(Owens' talk drowned

out by machine's noise)

- Oh, come on, Mr. Nardin,

this wasn't my fault.

Owens scared me.

Look, I really need this job, Mr. Nardin.

You can't do this. I got kids, come on!

- You're fired.

- I'm begging you, pl--

- You're fired!


(bottle clinks)

(men talking)

- [Man 1] Lay off me on this,

or you will get nothing.

- [Man 2] Can you get off my back?

I will give the money to you. (thud)

You'll get the money, man!

- Hi, kids.

- [Kids] Hi, mama.

- Hi, mom.

- Faye, how about letting

your old ma sit in the chair?

- I don't feel so good, mama.

- Hmm? How was the movie?

- Well, it was scary.

Flying saucers and monsters.

Annie cried.

- Did not!

- [Craig] Did too!

- Did not!

- [Craig] Did too!

- [Annie] Did not!

- Did too!

- [Annie] Did not!

- [Craig] Did too!

- [Annie] Did not!

- You two, pipe down.

- [Annie] Did not, did not!

- [Craig] Did too.

- Look, mama.

- Oh, isn't that pretty?

Isn't that mine?

- I don't know.

- Where'd you guys get all this candy?

I just gave you enough

money to go to the movies.

You took your own popcorn.


- I don't know.

- Faye?

- It wasn't me.

- Murray.


Pipe down, you two.

You're giving me an ulcer.

- Mrs. Lacey?

- Yup.

- Is your husband home?

- No, he's not.

What's the beef this time?

- Mama, I was just--

- You shut up.

- We got a complaint

from the phone company.

Your kid had a string of

their coin returns plugged.

- That's what you collared him for?

Penny ante crap like that?

There's real crime in the streets

and you guys are busting

kids for boosting nickels

from the goddamn phone company?

- Tell 'em, ma.

- You, pipe down.

I've had a rotten day,

a really rotten day,

and I wouldn't be in the mood for this

if it came with flowers.

So you're gonna keep

him or throw him back?

- He ain't worth the paperwork, ma'am.

Just take this as a little warning

and try to keep your

Dillinger off the street.

- You watch the name-calling and get out.

I take care of my own.

- You do that, lady, 'cause next time

we might not be in such a good mood.

- So the shoeshine business

has been real good lately, huh?

Been doing real good on tips, you told me.

- Well, I did get--

- Who did you lie to?

Your mother.

Go get your father's belt.

- [Shayne] That night, my

mother made a decision.

She didn't bother asking

us what we wanted to do.

She never did.

And once mama made up her mind,

there was no stopping her.


- Tomorrow morning we're moving out

of this toilet of a city.

- Huh?

- Don't "huh" me.

We're gonna find us a

decent town to live in,

and a proper home, a house of our own.

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Patrick Sheane Duncan

Patrick Sheane Duncan (born 1947) is an American writer, film producer and director.A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale Charter Township, Michigan, Duncan's career has been influenced by his Vietnam War experiences, which inspired the television mini-series Vietnam War Story (1987) and its sequel Vietnam War Story: The Last Days (1989) and the films 84C MoPic (1989) and Courage Under Fire (1996). Additional writing credits include A Home of Our Own (1993), The Pornographer (1994), Nick of Time (1995), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), and the television movies A Painted House (2003), Elvis (2005), and the Little Red Wagon. more…

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