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Sweet Dreams (1985)

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.

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Randy Hughes
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Gerald Cline
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Woodhouse
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Otis
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Arthur Godfrey
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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)  »

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Dulces sueños  »

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$80,418 (USA) (6 October 1985)

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$9,085,049 (USA)
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Trivia

The town used as Winchester, Virginia is actually Martinsburg, West Virginia (about a half hour away). See more »

Goofs

Charlie's green Army service coat lacks the required black plastic name plate. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Hensley: I got a check today. Why don't you go out and spend some money? It'll make you feel better.
Patsy Cline: Says who?
Hilda Hensley: Well, you're just too mean to live lately.
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Connections

Edited into Josie and the Pussycats (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Young at Heart
Music by Johnny Richards and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Published by Cheero Corp./June's Tunes
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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sweet and not sour
20 April 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In one of filmdom's many biopics, Jessica Lange sinks her teeth into the role of country singer Patsy Cline. We see her go from a bored housewife to a national phenomenon over the period of a few short years before tragically getting killed in a plane crash in 1963 (although the movie focuses more on her personal life than on her career). Not surprisingly, Lange plays the role perfectly. Equally good is Ed Harris as Cline's philandering husband Charlie Dick. "Sweet Dreams" is a movie that has something for everyone. Maybe we wonder how many biopics there can be, but that would miss the point. The point is to understand these people's personal struggles and all. And this movie does a very good job showing that. I wonder whether country music biopics will see a resurgence, now that "Walk the Line" has made a splash.


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