Thousand Acres, A (film) The saga of the Cook family, headed by the indomitable patriarch, Larry Cook. Cook’s kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1,000 acres, but the seeds of its destruction are sown when he impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters, Ginny, Rose, and Caroline. The apportioned land soon begins to divide the family. Long-guarded secrets, unspoken rivalries, and denied desires lay buried just beneath the surface and are unwillingly unearthed with profound, catastrophic, and ultimately liberating repercussions. A Touchstone Pictures film. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Released September 19, 1997. Stars Jessica Lange (Ginny), Michelle Pfeiffer (Rose), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Caroline), Jason Robards (Larry Cook), Keith Carradine (Ty Smith), Kevin Anderson (Peter Lewis), Colin Firth (Jess Clark). 105 min. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jane Smiley, who told the King Lear story from the outlook of the daughters. Although the story is set in Iowa, most of the location filming took place on several farms in the area of Rochelle, Illinois. Released on video in 1998.