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, down and out country singer. His struggle for fame was over. His fight for respect was just beginning See more »


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Also Known As:

El precio de la felicidad  »

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Did You Know?


One of a number of Hollywood movies set in the American South directed by Australian director Bruce Beresford. The films include Last Dance (1996), Rich in Love (1992), Tender Mercies (1983) Crimes of the Heart (1986) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). 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 »


Mac Sledge: I don't trust happiness. I never did, I never will.
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Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »


The Best Bedroom in Town
Written by Charlie Craig
Sung by Betty Buckley
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Laid back movie with a surprising emotional impact
21 October 1998 | by (Texas USA) – See all my reviews

This is a great, great film. Robert Duvall richly deserved the Oscar he won for Best Actor, and Bruce Beresford's direction is quirky but consistently entertaining.

The most wonderful aspect of this movie is how the screenwriter (Horton Foote) doesn't let the characters engage in all the obvious, "Hollywood" histrionics that the plot would allow them to do. For example: when Mack (Duvall) finally meets his long-lost daughter late in the film, he doesn't run to her and embrace her with tears staining his face while music swells beneath the scene, as a hack director would have him do. Instead, he looks at his shoes, makes small talk, and acts embarrassed. Why? Because, consistently throughout the film, he doesn't believe he deserves the good things that come his way.

This is the tale of a man who, in the absolute pit of despair and hopelessness, is saved by the love of a good woman and the love of God. You need to see it.

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