Nashville (1975)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  21 September 1975 (UK)
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Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Baxley ...
Lady Pearl
Delbert Reese
Timothy Brown ...
Tommy Brown
Wade (as Robert Doqui)
Tricycle Man


This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal is a British journalist touring the area. These and other stories come together in a dramatic climax. Written by Reid Gagle

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Wild. Wonderful. Sinful. Laughing. Explosive. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

21 September 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nashville, i polis ton ekplixeon  »

Box Office


$2,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(magnetic prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Keith Carradine and Julie Christie; and seven Oscar nominees: Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Barbara Harris and Ned Beatty. See more »


When the Mercedes bus (model O 309) breaks the gate-arm at the Nashville Airport (21:00 in), there is clear right-front damage, the bumper is bent, headlight broken, and there is no sign on the right side of the bus. But, at the freeway accident scene (22:12 in; on I-24 near Shelby Avenue), the passengers act like the damage just happened (saying: "Oh no." And looking at the damage), and now there is a sign on the right side that reads: "Connie White" and has her image. See more »


Opal: [In an automobile junkyard] I'm wandering in a graveyard. The dead here have no crosses, nor tombstones, nor wreaths to sing of their past glory, but lie in rotting, decaying, rusty heaps, their innards ripped out by greedy, vulturous hands. Their vast, vacant skeletons... sadly sighing to the sky. The rust on their bodies... is the color of dried blood. Dried blood. I'm reminded of... of an elephant's secret burial ground. Yes. Cette aire de mystère. Cette essence de I'irréel. These cars are ...
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo is in black and white and the image looks shaky. The scratchy effect was reportedly achieved when director Robert Altman took the negative with the logo on it, threw it onto the ground, and stomped on it. See more »


Down to the River
Music and Lyrics by Ronee Blakley
Performed by Ronee Blakley
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Refreshing and Brilliant
27 August 2003 | by (Prague, CZ) – See all my reviews

After having seen this film for the third time - the first was in film school many years ago - I'm struck by the amount of action going on within many of the shots. Mention is frequently made of Altman's use of overlapping dialogue in the sound but what struck me this time around is how often two or more characters, acting out different lines of the story are captured within the same shot - giving this film much of its sense of verisimilitude, a fantastic control of pace while feeling natural. Unarguably, much of its naturalism comes from the lens and cinematographic choices but part of it also stems from the choices made available in the cutting room, which give it an excellent pace and rhythm.

Add to that some wonderful performances, especially by Henry Gibson and Ronee Blakely, and you have a quintessential American Independent film that speaks about America in terms that no marketing agency of the current generation would ever tolerate.

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