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Pure Country (1992)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  23 October 1992 (USA)
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Dusty Chandler (Strait) is a super star in the country music world, but his shows have the style of a '70s rock concert. One day he takes a walk - out of his overdone concerts to find his ... See full summary »

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Dusty Chandler (Strait) is a super star in the country music world, but his shows have the style of a '70s rock concert. One day he takes a walk - out of his overdone concerts to find his real country roots. He's helped and hindered by friends and staff, but pushes on in his search for a real music style as well as a real romance. Written by Don Femia <donfemia@csn.net>

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Bright Lights. Hit Songs. Country's biggest star. He'd trade it all to find the kind of love he'd only sung about.


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Rated PG for some mild violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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23 October 1992 (USA)  »

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$15,164,458 (USA)
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The title track, "Heartland", had to be rewritten many times to fit George Strait. It was originally as a hard rock song called "Pure Country", from which the film got its title. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene of the movie the tour bus is shown leaving one city and arriving at another. The city in both shots is Ft. Worth, Texas. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: [to Dusty, who has just walked in clean-shaven and with a haircut] Hey you.
Dusty Wyatt Chandler: [guarded... thinking he's been found] Hello.
Waitress: Haven't seen you around before.
[Dusty doesn't answer]
Waitress: You new?
Dusty Wyatt Chandler: Yeah.
[more relaxed knowing the waitress doesn't recognize him]
Dusty Wyatt Chandler: Brand new.
Waitress: Well, welcome.
Dusty Wyatt Chandler: [smiles] Well, thanks.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

HEARTLAND
(Main Title Version)
Written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis
Produced by Steve Dorff
Performed by George Strait Jr. and George Strait
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Country Hiatus
4 October 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the old days of the studio system a man like George Strait would have been given a Hollywood contract and put into westerns. That's how it worked for a number of people on the country circuit, most prominently Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. But westerns aren't being done, certainly none for singing cowboys. In a few years George Strait would have handled dialog like a veteran.

Strait's a likable enough guy, but as an actor he's a great country singer. Still he passes muster in a role that's not too taxing, playing a country singer who takes an unscheduled hiatus from his tour and finds true love with a young woman who is the daughter of struggling rancher Rory Calhoun.

Strait's not happy with the way his career is going. It's all about the glitz and glamor of the concert, no one's listening to him sing any more. So he ditches the long hair in a ponytail and beard and just leaves. Manager Lesley Ann Warren seeing all kinds of tour dates canceled with the loss in money, shoves one of the roadies and would be country singer himself and her special boy toy Kyle Chandler in front of the microphone to complete the tour. In the darkened smoke filled concerts with a tape going of the real Strait no one can tell the difference.

In the meantime Strait's falling for Isabel Glasser and gets involved with her family ranch and their real struggles in real life. I think you get some idea where this is going.

This film was the farewell big screen performance of Rory Calhoun and I have to say, I had to look twice even though I saw his name in the credits when I realized he was playing Isabel Glasser's father. He looked terrible, like he had gone through some bad health issues.

For country fans you'll have a full soundtrack of George Strait's hits and he's a great singer. It's the main asset of Pure Country.


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