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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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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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10 June 1983 (Australia)  »

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El precio de la felicidad  »

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The film's screenwriter Horton Foote had previously won a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for adapting Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Tender Mercies (1983) stars an American actress called Tess Harper. Foote also won a screen-writing Oscar (Best Original Screenplay) for Tender Mercies (1983). 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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Over You
(1982)
Written by Austin Roberts & Bobby Hart
Sung by Betty Buckley
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The power of simplicity.
8 November 2001 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

To all aspiring screenwriters: this is how to do it. Horton Foote eschews all of the phony and melodramatic plot devices Hollywood is so fond of, and concentrates instead on telling his tale as truly and simply as possible. In complete synch with him are his collaborators, director Bruce Beresford and star Robert Duvall. There's not a false gesture, extraneous word of dialogue, or wasted camera move. Just people who seem real, who strive to reach out to others, who want love and want to give it, but sometimes don't know how. There are quiet, subtle moments in this movie that squeeze the heart. Don't pass this one by.


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