Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004)

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Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Ely ...
Himself - Musician
Guy Clark ...
Himself - Musician
Himself - Musician
Himself - Musician
Donna Spence ...
Herself - Sister
Ann Rice ...
Herself - First Cousin
Luke Sharpe ...
Himself - High School Classmate
John Ruehl ...
Himself - Shattuck Classmate
Bob 'Maverick' Myrick ...
Himself - College Roommate
Frank 'Chito' Greer ...
Himself - Friend
Fran Lohr ...
Herself - First Wife
Jerry Jeff Walker ...
Himself - Musician
Kevin Eggers ...
Himself - Record Producer and Label Owner
Wrecks Bell ...
Himself - Bass Player
David Olney ...
Himself - Musician


Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

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What would you sacrifice to follow your dream?


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22 December 2005 (Germany)  »

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$9,098 (USA) (2 December 2005)


$129,424 (USA) (24 March 2006)

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Townes van Zandt: Breaking even is ending up in Purgatory as far as I can tell. I figure there's heaven, purgatory, hell and the blues. I'm trying to crawl up from the blues, purgatory for me would be... Home Sweet Home!
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Features Heartworn Highways (1976) See more »


Dollar Bill Blues
Written by Townes van Zandt
Performed by Townes van Zandt
Copywright: EMI
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Straightforward tale of a haunted, dented cowboy
22 August 2011 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I'd not heard van Zandt before discovering this documentary. A lonely soul, in interview commenting on a statement that many of his songs are sad, saying "they're not all sad...some are hopeless", seemingly without irony.

A slew of known musicians gather to comment on van Zandt's visions, his problems with alcohol and of how he has influenced people. At the same time, the filmmakers have told a straightforward tale of a man haunted.

This documentary turned me on to van Zandt's music, and his legacy is apparently notable within the country and folk music fold. I'll recommend it not only for music fans. van Zandt came from a period in time where country and folk met with more modern ages, the 1950s merging into the 1960s, where alcohol met other drugs and lyrics changed.

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