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Sweet Dreams (1985)

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerald Cline
Terri Gardner ...
Old Singer
Caitlin Kelch ...
Robert L. Dasch ...
Courtney Parker ...
Older Julie
Coulton Edwards ...
Baby Randy
Holly Filler ...
Arthur Godfrey


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

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dulces sueños  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$80,418, 6 October 1985, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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References to Patsy Cline's friendship with Loretta Lynn were left out of the script as producers felt their relationship was already covered in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). See more »


The movie shows the car her brother was driving being broadsided by a truck, when in fact it was a head-on collision with a car coming the other direction. Patsy was thrown through the windshield, not pulled from the wreck by her brother. See more »


Hilda Hensley: That house with the yellow roses - I'm sick of hearing about it.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 December 2013 (2013) See more »


Your Cheatin' Heart
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Patsy Cline
Published by Acuff-Rose-Opryland Music Inc.
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
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Love Not Faded For Miss Patsy Cline
20 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

As a cinematic biography of country/western singer Patsy Cline, "Sweet Dreams" is fairly good. The story takes place mostly in the 50s and 60s during which time she had already begun singing in local honky-tonks. The film's plot is straightforward and easy to follow. Production design is excellent. Overall acting quality is credible, with good performances from Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline; reliable Ed Harris as Patsy's redneck husband, Charlie Dick; and wonderful Ann Wedgeworth as Patsy's mother. Profuse country/western music helps make the film even more enjoyable, though I wish they could have found a spot in the film for "Faded Love", one of Cline's most popular songs.

Patsy was talented, ambitious, frustrated, determined, and outgoing. Charlie Dick comes across in the film as a jerk. And my main complaint about this film is that too much time is spent on him, rather than on Patsy and her career. The film's climax is not entirely consistent with known facts; but it is very dramatic.

"Sweet Dreams" will appeal to older viewers, as well as to those who like country/western music. And, of course, being a biography, the film will appeal to viewers who like real life stories.

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