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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan Hubbard ...
Robert (as Lenny Von Dohlen)
Michael Crabtree ...
Norman Bennett ...
Andrew Scott Hollon ...
Rick Murray ...
Jake - Slater Mill Boys Member
Stephen Funchess ...
Glen Fleming ...
Steve - Slater Mill Boys Member
James Aaron ...
Henry - Slater Mill Boys Member


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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10 June 1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de la felicidad  »

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Both of the movie's Oscar winners, Robert Duvall (Best Actor) and Horton Foote (Best Original Screenplay), both acted as co-producers on the picture. See more »


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 »


Woman with Groceries: Hey, mister, were you really Mac Sledge?
Mac Sledge: Yes, ma'm, I guess I was.
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The Best Bedroom in Town
Written by Charlie Craig
Sung by Betty Buckley
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11 January 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

I was happy to see this film once again when it aired last night on CMT. It's certainly worthy of a second look, as you take something new away from it each time. Even though this was filmed during the urban cowboy era of the early 80s, it doesn't seem dated in its subject matter. Country music fans can draw their own conclusions as to who inspired some of the characters. Robert Duvall's burnt-out drunk Mac Sledge surely borrowed from Lefty Frizzell. Mac's singing style is eerily close to Lefty's and he even performs one of his songs in the film. Betty Buckley's country queen Dixie Scott is reminiscent of Dottie West. Perhaps the writer based his story on George Jones and Tammy Wynette's bitter divorce, Jones' subsequent alcoholism and redemption, and Tammy's raising of their daughter. Whatever the case, it has a wonderful message about loss making us appreciate the good things we're given in life. The final song playing while Tess Harper watches her husband and son tossing a football says it best.

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