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Tender Mercies (1983)

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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »
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Henry - Slater Mill Boys Member
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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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Drama | Music

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PG | See all certifications »

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10 June 1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de la felicidad  »

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Trivia

Tender Mercies (1983) remains Australian director Bruce Beresford's only ever Academy Award nomination for Best Director despite directing Best Picture nominees Tender Mercies (1983) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) the latter actually winning the Oscar for Best Picture. Beresford has also been nominated for co-writing Breaker Morant (1980) with the Beresford directed Crimes of the Heart (1986) garnering three Oscar nominations with no wins and Beresford not nominated. See more »

Goofs

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

Woman with Groceries: Hey, mister, were you really Mac Sledge?
Mac Sledge: Yes, ma'm, I guess I was.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.193 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

If You'll Hold the Ladder (I'll Climb to the Top)
Written by Buzz Rabin & Sara Busby (as Sara B.)
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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