|Ellen Burstyn||Mattie Rigsbee|
|Pat Corley||Sheriff Tillman|
|Mark Hamill||Lamar N. Benfield|
|Gail O'Grady||Elaine Rigsbee|
|Jonathan Taylor Thomas||Wesley Benfield|
An elderly Southern widow, Mattie Rigsbee, begrudgingly starts to acknowledge that she can't live on her own. When Mattie becomes friends with the town dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, she is also introduced to his orphaned nephew, Wesley . Although Wesley has been in trouble with the law and incarcerated for auto theft, Mattie sees potential in the boy and tries to point him in the right direction by allowing him to live with her.