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Horton Foote (written by)
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Release Date:
10 June 1983 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
the good things See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Duvall ... Mac Sledge

Tess Harper ... Rosa Lee

Betty Buckley ... Dixie

Wilford Brimley ... Harry

Ellen Barkin ... Sue Anne
Allan Hubbard ... Sonny

Lenny von Dohlen ... Robert (as Lenny Von Dohlen)

Paul Gleason ... Reporter
Michael Crabtree ... Lewis Menefee
Norman Bennett ... Reverend Hotchkiss
Andrew Scott Hollon ... Larue
Rick Murray ... Jake - Slater Mill Boys Member
Stephen Funchess ... Bertie - Slater Mill Boys Member
Glen Fleming ... Steve - Slater Mill Boys Member
James Aaron ... Henry - Slater Mill Boys Member
Jerry Biggs ... Man in Bar
Sheila Bird ... Concessionaire
Robert E. Blackburn III ... Boy at Dance
Eli Cummins ... Doorman
Tony Frank ... Man at Motel
Berkley Garrett ... Man at Dixie's House (as Berkley H. Garrett)
Helena Humann ... Woman with Groceries
Suzanne Jacobs ... Nurse
Barbara Jones ... Country Woman
Jerry Jones ... Country Man
Harlan Jordan ... Waiter
Robert P. Kelley ... Choirmaster
Ray LePere ... Man in Bar / Restaurant
Pat Minter ... Man at Dixie's House
Terry Schoolcraft ... Ada - Dixie's Driver
Oliver Seale ... Man at Dixie's House
Denise Simek ... Concessionaire
Robert Stewart ... Concessionaire

Susan Aston ... Woman at Dance
Vicki Neff ... Woman at Dance
Pamela Putnam ... Woman at Dance
Jerry Abbot ... Piano - Country Blues Band Member
Bobby Hibbitts ... Drums - Country Blues Band Member
Buddie Hrabal ... Steel Guitar - Country Blues Band Member
Jerry Matheny ... Guitar - Country Blues Band Member
Wayne Milligan ... Bass - Country Blues Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don 'Tex' Clark ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Beresford 
 
Writing credits
Horton Foote (written by)

Produced by
Robert Duvall .... co-producer
Horton Foote .... co-producer
Mary-Ann Hobel .... associate producer
Philip Hobel .... producer (as Philip S. Hobel)
 
Original Music by
George Dreyfus (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
 
Art Direction by
Jeannine Oppewall 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May  (as Daniel L. May)
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Decker .... hairstylist
Paul Huntley .... wigs: Betty Buckley
Michael J. Randall .... assistant hairstylist
Carla Rulien .... assistant makeup
Jimi White .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tom Joyner .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Luke Rothschild .... first assistant director
Kelly Wimberly .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator (as Bill Bradford)
James R. Cox .... swing man
Glenn Dunn .... lead man
Johnny Gutierrez .... construction assistant (as Johnny L. Guiterrez)
Mike Parsons .... property master
Roy W. Wahlstrom .... painter
William Vance White .... assistant props
 
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Angelo Corrao .... assistant sound editor
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... assistant sound editor
Stuart Lieberman .... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein .... sound editor
Dennis Maitland II .... boom man (as Dennis L. Maitland II)
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... assistant sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... rerecording supervisor
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Randy Fife .... stunt double
Ben Loggins .... utility stuntman (as Ben E. Loggins)
Russell Towery .... utility stuntman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Alcala .... electrician
Mike Apsey .... playback operator
Curtis Bingham .... grip (as Curt Bingham)
Don Broughton .... playback operator
Jerry G. Callaway .... camera operator
Murray K. Campbell .... gaffer
Michael P. Henning .... electrician (as Michael Henning)
John Knight .... best boy grip
Leo MacWilliam .... electrician
J. Michael McClary .... first assistant camera
Fred L. McLane .... second assistant camera (as Frederick L. McLane)
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Tony Poston .... dolly grip
Kerry Rike .... key grip
Dave Roberts .... electrician
Johnny Smith .... grip
Darrel D. Tawney .... best boy (as Darrel Tawney)
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Robin Boehme .... extras casting
Shari Rhodes .... casting: Texas
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Greenwood .... costumes: Betty Buckley
Elizabeth McBride .... costumer
Joan Thomas .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Norman Buckley .... second assistant editor
Emily Paine .... first assistant editor
Charles Simmons .... location assistant editor (as Charles A. Simmons)
Mary Sweeney .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Charles Feldman .... country music advisor
Tommy Oliver .... arranger: country music
 
Other crew
Billy Barnes .... craft service (as Billy E. Barnes)
Linda Barnes .... craft service
Diane Batson-Smith .... assistant to the producer (as Diane Smith)
Dominique Bruballa .... assistant accountant
Betty A. Buckley .... production coordinator
Kathleen Caton .... assistant to the producer
Stan Cohen .... caterer (as Stanley J. Cohen)
Dawn Easterling .... production assistant
Nick Felix .... dance instructor
Max Ferris .... security
Danette Goss Alberts .... location manager (as Danette Goss)
Karen A. Hall .... production secretary
Sandra K. Jantzen .... production assistant (as Sandy Jantzen)
Charles N. Johnson .... caterer
John Kane .... unit publicist
Janet Lucas Lawler .... first aid (as Janet L. Lawler)
Kathleen McGill .... production accountant (as Kathy McGill)
Don Miller .... production accountant
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
Erica Rogalla .... production assistant
Earlane Simpson .... tutor
 
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92 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Allan Hubbard, who plays Sonny, had his 10th birthday shortly after the film wrapped, and was preparing to celebrate it with his family at his home in Paris, Texas. He was pleasantly surprised when his co-star Robert Duvall showed up at his home and gifted him with a guitar for the occasion. Hubbard - who went on to teach guitar professionally - still owns the guitar to this day.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.193" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Over YouSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
the good things, 11 January 2004
Author: Nick-337 from usa

I was happy to see this film once again when it aired last night on CMT. It's certainly worthy of a second look, as you take something new away from it each time. Even though this was filmed during the urban cowboy era of the early 80s, it doesn't seem dated in its subject matter. Country music fans can draw their own conclusions as to who inspired some of the characters. Robert Duvall's burnt-out drunk Mac Sledge surely borrowed from Lefty Frizzell. Mac's singing style is eerily close to Lefty's and he even performs one of his songs in the film. Betty Buckley's country queen Dixie Scott is reminiscent of Dottie West. Perhaps the writer based his story on George Jones and Tammy Wynette's bitter divorce, Jones' subsequent alcoholism and redemption, and Tammy's raising of their daughter. Whatever the case, it has a wonderful message about loss making us appreciate the good things we're given in life. The final song playing while Tess Harper watches her husband and son tossing a football says it best.

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