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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, down and out country singer. His struggle for fame was over. 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Tess Harper auditioned in Dallas, Texas for director Bruce Beresford and producers Philip Hobel and Mary-Ann Hobel. Subsequently, the audition was so good, Harper was flown to New York to do a video-tape test opposite star Robert Duvall from which nine days later Harper was cast in the lead female role of Rosa Lee. Harper said that it was "the longest nine days of my life". Harper won the role over a number of other more well-known actresses. 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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Connections

Referenced in Al Swearengen Audition Reel (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Wings of a Dove
Written by Bob Ferguson
Sung by Robert Duvall
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Powerful, moving movie about redemption, restoration and hope.
6 February 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

While some may consider the movie a little slow at times, its overall message is a powerful one. A movie about redemption, restoration and hope. Robert Duvall's portrayal of a man whose life is in need of repair is outstanding. Ranks with his character in "The Apostle", a similar tale in many ways. In my opinion, the baptismal scene is one of the movie's most moving moments. The bleak landscapes and the dust-blown scenes effectively echo the main character's state of mind for part of the film. Mac Sledge is a great character brought to life by Duvall. As Sledge gradually gets his life together thanks to the developing relationships with a young widow and her son, the mood of the movie becomes a little more positive.


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