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Writer:
Joan Tewkesbury (written by)
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Release Date:
21 September 1975 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Wild. Wonderful. Sinful. Laughing. Explosive. See more »
Plot:
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 26 wins & 24 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
altman's americana See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Arkin ... Norman
Barbara Baxley ... Lady Pearl

Ned Beatty ... Delbert Reese

Karen Black ... Connie White

Ronee Blakley ... Barbara Jean
Timothy Brown ... Tommy Brown

Keith Carradine ... Tom Frank

Geraldine Chaplin ... Opal

Robert DoQui ... Wade (as Robert Doqui)

Shelley Duvall ... L. A. Joan

Allen Garfield ... Barnett

Henry Gibson ... Haven Hamilton

Scott Glenn ... Pfc. Glenn Kelly

Jeff Goldblum ... Tricycle Man

Barbara Harris ... Albuquerque

David Hayward ... Kenny Fraiser

Michael Murphy ... John Triplette
Allan F. Nicholls ... Bill (as Allan Nicholls)
Dave Peel ... Bud Hamilton

Cristina Raines ... Mary

Bert Remsen ... Star

Lily Tomlin ... Linnea Reese
Gwen Welles ... Sueleen Gay

Keenan Wynn ... Mr. Green
James Dan Calvert ... Jimmy Reese
Donna Denton ... Donna Reese
Merle Kilgore ... Trout
Carol McGinnis ... Jewel
Sheila Bailey ... Smokey Mountain Laurel
Patti Bryant ... Smokey Mountain Laurel
Richard Baskin ... Frog
Jonnie Barnett ... Himself
Vassar Clements ... Himself
Misty Mountain Boys ... Themselves
Sue Barton ... Herself

Elliott Gould ... Himself

Julie Christie ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Earle ... Concert-goer (uncredited)
Maysie Hoy ... Maysie Hoy (uncredited)
Bill Jenkins ... Announcer at Airfield (uncredited)
Thomas Hal Phillips ... Hal Phillip Walker (uncredited)

Patrick Reynolds ... Grand Ole Opry Performer (uncredited)

Gailard Sartain ... Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)

Howard K. Smith ... Howard K. Smith (uncredited)
Joan Tewkesbury ... Tom's Lover / Kenny's Mother (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Joan Tewkesbury (written by)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... associate producer
Robert Eggenweiler .... associate producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Jerry Weintraub .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Arlene Barnett 
Jonnie Barnett 
Karen Black 
Ronee Blakley 
Gary Busey 
Juan Grizzle 
Allan F. Nicholls 
Dave Peel 
Joe Raposo 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dennis M. Hill  (as Dennis Hill)
Sidney Levin 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert M. Anderson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Marvin C. Thompson .... makeup artist (as Tommy Thompson)
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Rudolph .... assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master (as Bob Anderson)
 
Sound Department
Randy Kelley .... assistant sound editor
Chris McLaughlin .... sound
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
William A. Sawyer .... sound editor
James E. Webb .... sound (as Jim Webb)
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Fred Schultz .... multi-track dailies transfer operator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Glass .... electrical gaffer
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Ed Koons)
Eddie Lara .... grip
J. Michael Marlett .... electrical gaffer (as Mike Marlett)
Harry Rez .... grip
Robert Reed Altman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jules Melillo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Tony Lombardo .... assistant editor
Tom Walls .... assistant editor
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Maysie Hoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Baskin .... music arranger
Richard Baskin .... music supervisor
Gene Eichelberger .... music recordist
Johnny Rosen .... music recordist
Daniel J. Johnson .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Ken Johnson .... music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gene Clinesmith .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephen Altman .... production assistant (as Steve Altman)
Jac Cashin .... assistant to producer
Elaine Di Bello Bradish .... production secretary (as Elaine Bradish)
Angel Dominguez .... production assistant
Mark Eggenweiler .... production assistant
Roger Frappier .... production assistant
Ron Hecht .... production assistant
J. Allen Highfill .... production assistant (as Allan Highfill)
Maysie Hoy .... production assistant
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Kelly Marshall .... production coordinator
Dan Perri .... title designer
Thomas Hal Phillips .... political campaign
Noreen Beasley .... assistant: Dan Perri (uncredited)
Lary Crews .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
159 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
George Segal had a cameo as himself, but it was cut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the crowd near the end of the film, Kenny Fraiser is just wearing his regular blue shirt he has worn through out the film. However, after Barbera Jean starts singing solo, we see him come into the crowd wearing a brown jacket.See more »
Quotes:
Star:You look like a guy I was in the navy with. He wouldn't bathe, so we had to pee in his bed to get him discharged.See more »
Soundtrack:
One, I Love YouSee more »

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48 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
altman's americana, 8 October 2003
Author: bob wisener from United States

Nashville couldn't understand "Nashville," and no wonder. Anyone who watches "Nashville" for insights to country music probably views "The Godfather" for tips about olive oil. Altman's 1975 film uses country music and the people who perform, listen to and produce it as a metaphor about America in the '70s, when, as Warren Beatty said in "A Parallax View," released a year earlier, "everytime you turned around, one of the best people in the country was getting shot." Anyone who has seen the film and visits the Parthenon, where the final scenes are filmed, may feel a sense of unease. Listen closely and you can hear Haven Hamilton pleading to the stunned crowd, "Show them what we're made of! They can't do this to us here! This isn't Dallas; this is Nashville!"

The ending is astonishing, tidying up some plot lines and leaving others open ended. A star is born when the Albuquerque character and a gospel group minus its leader belt out a Nashville standard, "It Don't Worry Me." The Sueleen Gay character, meanwhile, suffers one final indignity; Albuquerque, on the same stage and with the same ambitions, achieves the fame that might have gone to Sueleen, a waitress/stripper/wanna-be recording artist, had Sueleen gotten the microphone first.

We never know what caused the Kenny Frazier character to crack; perhaps like Mark David Chapman (John Lennon) he was obsessed with the Holden Caulfield character in "Catcher in the Rye," although we can feel fairly certain that he did not share John David Hinckley's (President Reagan) obsession with Jodie Foster since "Taxi Driver" would not be released for another year.

Watching "Nashville" for the first time, you may feel protective of Barbara Jean's character for reasons you can't immediately explain but will learn all too well. I feel the same urge to shout at the screen, warning her character of possible danger, that I experienced in "From Here to Eternity," knowing that Pearl Harbor was imminent and would change everything.

Characters transform before our eyes. Del Reese (Ned Beatty), bored with his marriage to a Nashville superstar and as a father to hearing-impaired children, cares enough at the end to lead a wounded Haven Hamilton to safety. Hamilton (masterfully played by Henry Gibson) would stomp anyone in his path to create a hit record but is the first to care for Barbara Jean in her moment of need.

Sure, some of the songs are terrible -- some country music is terrible -- but could anything be more poignant than Barbara Jean's rendition of "My Idaho Home" or Keith Carradine singing "I'm Easy" in a nightclub where four of his conquests look on equally with lust and bewilderment. Country singers, like stock-car drivers, inspire tremendous loyalty and jealousy among their fans, which Altman depicts beautifully when Scott Glenn, a devoted fan of Barbara Jean, leaves the Opry as Connie White appears to sing a tribute to her ailing rival. Hamilton's character is never better than when between songs he asks listeners to send Barbara Jean a card and "tell her that Haven told you to write."

Altman would rate among the greatest directors -- as the American Fellini -- if this were his only effort. Despite its convoluted plot structure, "Nashville" achieves greatness and searches for truth. If the 1970s shaped your life in any respect, this is a movie experience not to be missed.

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