Tender Mercies Movie Review 1983

Information and Film Reviews for Tender Mercies the Movie

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Down-and-out country singer Mac Sledge (Duvall) gets roaring drunk after breaking up with his wife Dixie (Buckley) andfinds himself waking up at a motel/gas station run by religious widow, Rosa Lee (Harper). mac sticks arounds and finds his life redeemed by the love of a good woman and he also decides to attempt a comeback. Aided by Horton Foote's script, Duvall, Harper, and Barkin (as Mac's daughter Sue Anne) keep this from being simplistic and sentimental. Duvall wrote as well as performed the songs in his Oscar-winning performance. Wonderful, life-affirming flick.

Distribution

Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 88 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Romantic Drama, Nashville Narratives, Struggling Musicians
Screenplay
Horton Foote
Cast
Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley, Lenny Von Dohlen, Allan Hubbard
Cinematography
Russell Boyd
Director
Bruce Beresford
Music
George Dreyfus
Producer
Mark Huffam

Awards

Oscars 1983: Actor (Duvall), Orig. Screenplay; Golden Globes 1983: Actor--Drama (Duvall); L.A. Film Critics 1983: Actor (Duvall); N.Y. Film Critics 1983: Actor (Duvall); Writers Guild 1983: Orig. Screenplay.

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