MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 839 this week

Sweet Dreams (1985)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,636 users  
Reviews: 41 user | 12 critic

Jessica Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 21 Dec 2010
 
a list of 33 titles
created 18 May 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 04 Dec 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 414 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Sweet Dreams" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sweet Dreams (1985)

Sweet Dreams (1985) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sweet Dreams.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Frances (1982)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

Director: Graeme Clifford
Stars: Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard
Music Box (1989)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm
Blue Sky (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hank Marshall is a tough, square-jawed, straitlaced Army engineer and nuclear science expert, assigned to help conduct weapons-testing in 1950's America. Hank has become a thorn in the side... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton
Far North (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

After being severely injured in a runaway horse accident,the family patriarch Bertram ( Charles Durning) lies in a hospital bed plotting revenge against Mel... See full synopsis »

Director: Sam Shepard
Stars: Jessica Lange, Charles Durning, Tess Harper
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Scheerer
Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Jessica Lange
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Jack Hofsiss
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn
O Pioneers! (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alexandra Bergson (Jessica Lange) inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie. Along the way, she forfeits her one chance for love, but ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Jessica Lange, David Strathairn, Tom Aldredge
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In april 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans. (An "overlord" is one of the few men who knew the date and place of the "D" day). ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Sanger
Stars: Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Horst Buchholz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Hilda Hensley
...
Randy Hughes
...
Gerald Cline
...
Woodhouse
...
Otis
...
Wanda
Terri Gardner ...
Old Singer
Caitlin Kelch ...
Sylvia
Robert L. Dasch ...
John
Courtney Parker ...
Older Julie
Coulton Edwards ...
Baby Randy
Holly Filler ...
Madrine
...
Arthur Godfrey
Edit

Storyline

Patsy Cline was the first female solo artist to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty-two years after her untimely death in a plane crash in Tennessee, her "Greatest Hits" album sold over six million copies. Loved by her fans today as much - if not more - than she was at the height of her fame, the life, the loves and most of all the voice of Patsy Cline is legendary. This film tells the story of the passionate, fun-loving, soft-spoken, loud-living life of one of country music's - and one of popular music's - greatest singing stars. This film covers the years 1956 through 1963, from her rise to fame and the top of the charts through TB talent shows and country bars - through her turbulent marriage to Charlie Dick and the demands of touring which would lead to the fatal plane crash. Written by HBO Home Video

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dulces sueños  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point, Charlie asks Patsy what she's done all day and she responds, "I've been sipping champagne with Kirk Douglas". When the scene was filmed Jessica Lange actually said, "I've been sipping champagne with Rock Hudson", but Hudson was revealed to have had AIDS before the film was released and the producers thought a reference to him would be distracting. See more »

Goofs

In a scene dated 1959, Patsy is performing in a drive-in theatre when a Sprite commercial appears on the screen. Sprite was not introduced until 1961. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Hensley: Well, good morning.
Patsy Cline: Says who?
Hilda Hensley: Oh, for heavens sake girl, sit up and take nourishment. Charlie'll have his first leave in three weeks and you walk around with your lower lip draggin' the floor in front of you. You big bawl baby. I oughta fix you a sugar tit.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Look Who's Talking (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking After Midnight
Written by Don Hecht and Alan Block
Performed by Patsy Cline
Brass and Horns arranged by Bill McElheney
Published by Acuff-Rose-Opryland Music Inc.
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sweet Dreams, sweet acting
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watching Sweet Dreams again and am still happy to see good acting. God knows that in today's market good acting - in the caliber of Jessica Lange - and good scripts and high production values are sorely missing so it's always a treat when all one has to do is pull out the DVD, sit back, and enjoy. I've read other posts about this film and can only say that the producer's approach to the singer was what the picture needed. Perhaps Miss Clines early singing and rise in country music was just too mundane or had been done too much before to make this story work. I liked his approach which dealt only with her close relationship with her husband, Charlie Dick. Needless to say but both Jessica Lange and the always dependable Ed Harris did an excellent job with their roles and we got carried away with their love affair. Sure, he was an abusive husband and probably a woman chaser but then Patsy Cline was no saint herself and as she pointed out in the film she and Charlie deserved each other. She thought they made an excellent pair. Naturally Hollywood glamorized their relationship as this was a romantic film. Some posters have pointed out that they found fault with Miss Lange having to lip-sync Patsy Clines original recordings but I found that refreshing as, after all, the story was about Patsy Cline and not about some talented amateur actress. And as for lip-sync, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 40's did just that. Rita Hayworth's actual voice was never used in her musicals, and she and her studio built her reputation on musicals, but she pulled in huge audiences who loved to look at this glamorous woman (not)singing in Tonight and Every Night, Down to Earth and the 20th Century Fox musical My Gal Sal. No one cared that she didn't sing. Ann Blyth who was an excellent soprano was engaged by MGM for their version of The Helen Morgan Story but used Gogi Grant's voice, why? because at that moment in time Miss Grant was a popular recording artist. What made that experiment misfire was that Helen Morgan was closer to Ann Blyth's voice. Ava Gardner made quite a few musicals where her voice was dubbed, she didn't like the process and refused to do anymore musicals where she couldn't use her own voice; she refused The Helen Morgan Story. It's nice that some screen actresses think that their voices are professional enough to get by in films but after looking at these films one has to concede that a true professional voice was the way to go. an good example of this is I'll Cry Tomorrow starring Susan Hayward, Miss Hayward insisted on using her own voice in the MGM film and although her acting was top notch, which was expected, she still sounded like the amateur she was. That film could have used a good professional voice. Anyway, I thought that Jessica Lange did an outstanding job as an actress in Sweet Dreams but was glad to hear Patsy Cline's voice. This technique was used to advantage in Piaf: The Early Years, you got to see a good story with a good actress but you also got to hear the glorious singing from the world renowned singer. It's like getting two for one. Sweet Dreams deserved more than it got by reviewers and audiences. A film that did exactly what it set out to do. Worth watching again, and again.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did Patsy Cline have a drinking problem? reel_emotion
Good movie, but not very factual... SilverCreedWolf
Excellent movie ashleyroo-1
DVD? brianphotoalex
Other vocals jon5000_66
stranger on the shore? charlie? ohsuperteduk
Discuss Sweet Dreams (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?