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Tender Mercies (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  10 June 1983 (Australia)
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A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

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Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career. Written by Stefan Halldorsson <ms@vortex.is>

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Robert Duvall is Mac Sledge, His fight for respect was just beginning. See more »

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El precio de la felicidad  »

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The movie's "Tender Mercies" title was derived from its numerous uses in the Book of Psalms in the Bible. See more »

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In the final scenes, Sonny is shown with empty farmland behind him, then after a cut to a wider shot, suddenly the gas station and motel are behind him. See more »

Quotes

Mac Sledge: I don't trust happiness. I never did, I never will.
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Featured in The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) See more »

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It Hurts to Face Reality
Written by Lefty Frizzell
Sung by Robert Duvall
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In the spirit of John Ford
20 September 2002 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

As spare and clean and unflinching as a John Ford movie. At times reminds me of The Searchers in its perfect marriage of style and pained stoicism, and the way the sky and fate dwarf the all-too-human interiors. Superb editing and interior design, and probably Duvall's finest performance.


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