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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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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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From Bruce Beresford, the acclaimed director of "Breaker Morant." Written by Horton Foote, screenwriter of "To Kill A Mockingbird." See more »

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10 June 1983 (Australia)  »

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El precio de la felicidad  »

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"Over You" is sung by the actors in the film, but the soundtrack version is sung by Lane Brody (of "Yellow Rose of Texas" fame). This song was nominated for an Oscar, and the Lane Brody version was nominated for an Academy of Country Music award. 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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Featured in The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) See more »

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You Are What Love Means to Me
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Written and Sung by Craig Bickhardt
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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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