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Director:
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 23 wins & 24 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Altman's Masterpiece: "The Damnedest Thing You Ever Saw" See more (147 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:
Belinda Beatty ... Concert-goer (uncredited)

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)
 
Stunts
Brooke Hudson .... stunts (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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robert Altman originally wanted Susan Anspach to play Barbara Jean, but she refused because she wanted more money. Ready to film in Nashville with no one cast in the role, Altman at the last minute offered it to Ronee Blakley, who was working as a back-up singer in Nashville at the time and had contributed some songs to the film. Blakley ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Two policemen directing traffic - one waving and another carrying a bullhorn - are visible in the middle of the interstate during the car crash as the bus crashes into the pileup.See more »
Quotes:
Barbara Jean:[she finishes singing a song at her concert] Thank you. I wanna tell you all a little secret which you might not know, and that is that last night I thanked my lucky stars that I could be here at all to sing for ya. I heard on the radio this little boy, nine years old. Sometimes a deejay'll play a tune and ask everybody to phone in and say how they like it...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Outrageous! (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm EasySee more »

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62 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Altman's Masterpiece: "The Damnedest Thing You Ever Saw", 21 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Robert Altman is an extremely divisive director in the sense that you either "get it" or you don't--and those who don't despise his work and take considerable pleasure in sneering at NASHVILLE in particular. But there is no way around the fact that it is an important film, a highly influential film, to most Altman fans his finest films, and to most series critics quite possibly the single finest film made during the whole of the 1970s.

According to the movie trailer available on the DVD release, NASHVILLE is "the damnedest thing you ever saw"--and a truer thing was never said, for it is one of those rare film that completely defies description. On one level, the film follows the lives of some twenty characters over the course of several days leading up to a political rally, lives that collide or don't collide, that have moments of success and failure, and which in the process explore the hypocrisy that we try to sweep away under the rug of American culture. If it were merely that, the film would be so much soap-opera, but it goes quite a bit further: it juxtaposes its observations with images of American patriotism and politics at their most vulgar, and in the process it makes an incredibly funny, incredibly sad, and remarkably savage statement on the superficial values that plague our society.

What most viewers find difficult about NASHVILLE--and about many Altman films--is his refusal to direct our attention within any single scene. Conversations and plot directions overlap with each other, and so much goes on in every scene that you are constantly forced to decide what you will pay attention to and what you will ignore. The result is a film that goes in a hundred different directions with a thousand different meanings, and it would be safe to say that every person who sees it will see a different film.

In the end, however, all these roads lead to Rome, or in this case to the Roman coliseum of American politics, where fame is gained or lost in the wake of violence, where the strong consume the weak without any real personal malice, and where the current political star is only as good as press agent's presentation. For those willing and able to dive into the complex web of life it presents, Altman's masterpiece will be an endlessly fascinating mirror in which we see the energy of life itself scattered, gathered, and reflected back to us. A masterpiece that bears repeated viewings much in the same way that a great novel bears repeated readings. A personal favorite and highly, highly recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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