A story that "grows stronger and stronger, culminating in a scene that is actually quite brilliant!" -The Washington Post
In the tradition of Mississippi Burning comes a stirring coming-of-age tale set in the turbulent 1950s, when the old South collided with the new. Starring Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen, Phoebe Cates and Treat Williams, this unflinching look at race relations during our nation's adolescence is an exciting and nostalgic piece of American history you'll want to visit again and again.
Sheedy stars as Maggie, a senior at Alabama's Randolph University who questions the very fabric of Southern life after going face to face with segregation and bigotry. Though her best friend (Madsen) tries to keep her on the path of a true Southern belle, a fellow student (Cates) and a news photographer (Williams) show her that she can no longer ignore the Civil Rights movement that is beginning to unfurl violently around her. Filled with the sights and sounds of the era, Heart of Dixie is shockingly real and emotionally shattering.