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Hard Country (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Western  |  April 1981 (USA)
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Ambitious young Jodie wants more out of life than the small Texas country town she lives in has to offer. Jodie realizes that in order to pursue her dreams she will have to leave Texas and ... See full summary »

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Kyle
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Royce
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Johnny Bob
Sierra Pecheur ...
Mama
John Chappell ...
Daddy
Tanya Tucker ...
Caroline
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Loretta
Lewis Van Bergen ...
Ransom
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Wesley
Curtis Credel ...
Dale
Scotch Byerley ...
Aaron
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Larry
Elise Caitlin ...
Cowgirl #1
Danone Camden ...
Cowgirl #2
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Ambitious young Jodie wants more out of life than the small Texas country town she lives in has to offer. Jodie realizes that in order to pursue her dreams she will have to leave Texas and move to the big city. However, her shiftless factory worker boyfriend Kyle wants to stay in Texas. Written by Woodyanders

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It's hard to stay. It's hard to leave. See more »

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Filmed in 1979 but held back for release until 1981. See more »

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Caroline: A woman who needs space for herself gets out of Texas. It's a great place to be from and a great place to come home to but you've gotta leave it first, before it smothers you.
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I'M GONNA LOVE YOU ANYWAY
Performed by Tanya Tucker
Through the courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
Music and Lyrics by L. Martine Jr.
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Everything but the bull
18 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Reading here that this film was held up in release for two years, someone must have thought it was going to be a turkey. Then when Urban Cowboy got released and did so well someone then decided we might have a good thing in the vaults. Watching Hard Country with its plot so very similar to Urban Cowboy I was thinking they've got everything here but the bull.

Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Bassinger in her first big screen film are a pair of twenty somethings who are living in sin as Bassinger's mother tells her in no uncertain terms. Vincent's life consists of his construction job by day and going to the Stallion Bar at night to raise a little hell with his good old boy friends. And of course Bassinger goes along as a little Texas arm candy.

But Vincent doesn't see the change is coming with her and that Bassinger is starting to think there has to be more to life than this. Her itch for something better is cultivated by Tanya Tucker who is a friend who went on to Hollywood and Nashville and is now a country music star. She'd like to be a flight attendant, although back in those days they called them stewardesses. But Jan-Michael wants his woman home, barefoot and he's doing his best to see she becomes pregnant. And that meets with the approval of all his friends.

You can see already that Hard Country is along the lines of Urban Cowboy. I can't call it an imitation since it was made earlier, but maybe we can call it a prototype.

Like Urban Cowboy it has a nice country and western score. I do like Tanya Tucker singing her famous salute to the Lone Star State entitled simply Texas. Some other prominent roles are Darryl Hannah in one of her earliest roles as Bassinger's sister, Michael Parks as Vincent's brother and Gaillard Sartain one of Vincent's goofball buddies who gets himself with some nasty injuries for acting drunk and stupid.

This film might have been a good hit in Texas other than the fact it really Texas and Texans down something fierce. Hard Country is not a bad film, but Urban Cowboy is better.


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