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Writers (WGA):
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Thomas Cobb (novel)
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5 February 2010 (USA) See more »
The harder the life, the sweeter the song.
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Jeff Bridges ... Bad Blake

James Keane ... Manager
Anna Felix ... Barmaid

Paul Herman ... Jack Greene

Tom Bower ... Bill Wilson

Ryan Bingham ... Tony

Beth Grant ... Jo Ann
Rick Dial ... Wesley Barnes

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jean Craddock

Debrianna Mansini ... Ann
Jerry Handy ... Cowboy (as Jerry Hardy)

Jack Nation ... Buddy

Ryil Adamson ... Ralphie

J. Michael Oliva ... Bear (as J. Michael 'Yak' Oliva)

David Manzanares ... Nick

Colin Farrell ... Tommy Sweet
Chad Brummett ... Young Guy
Jose Jacinto Marquez ... Older Hispanic Man (as Jose Marquez)
LeAnne Lynch ... Nurse (as Le Anne Lynch)
William Marquez ... Doctor

Robert Duvall ... Wayne
Richard W. Gallegos ... Jesus / Juan (as Richard Gallegos)

Brian Gleason ... Steven Reynolds

Harry Zinn ... Bartender

Josh Berry ... Security Guard

William Sterchi ... Pat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Adams ... Rehab Patient / Driver (uncredited)
Chris Bentley ... Record Company Executive (uncredited)
Derek Blakeney ... Concert Patron / Security Guard / Mall Patron (uncredited)
Cade Borek ... Restaurant Twin (uncredited)
Luke Borek ... Restaurant Twin (uncredited)

Tina Borek ... Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Steven Ray Byrd ... Tommy Sweet Security (uncredited)

Annie Corley ... Donna (uncredited)
Chad DeGroot ... Roadie (uncredited)

Hayley Derryberry ... Fan Taking Photo (uncredited)

John H. Euber ... Rehab patient (uncredited)
Jeffrey Feingold ... Dirk - Singer (uncredited)
Nicole Gramlich ... Shopper in Hall (uncredited)
Cliff Gravel ... Studio Executive (uncredited)
Cynthia Lee ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Beth Lucero ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Michael Neal Powell ... Bar Patron / Bowler (uncredited)
David T. Quan ... Mall Business Person (uncredited)

J. Nathan Simmons ... Tommy Sweet Roadie (uncredited)
Blake Williams ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Cooper 
Writing credits
Scott Cooper (written by)

Thomas Cobb (novel "Crazy Heart")

Produced by
Leslie Belzberg .... executive producer
Eric Brenner .... executive producer
Jeff Bridges .... executive producer
T Bone Burnett .... producer
Judy Cairo .... producer
Rob Carliner .... producer
Scott Cooper .... producer
Robert Duvall .... producer
Gina Scheerer .... associate producer
Michael A. Simpson .... executive producer
Alton Walpole .... line producer
Original Music by
Stephen Bruton 
T Bone Burnett 
Cinematography by
Barry Markowitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Axelrad 
Jeffrey Ford 
Casting by
Lindsay Graham 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Waldemar Kalinowski 
Art Direction by
Ben Zeller 
Set Decoration by
Carla Curry 
Costume Design by
Doug Hall 
Makeup Department
Enid Arias .... hair stylist
Tarra D. Day .... department head makeup artist (as Tarra Day)
Mary Hedges Lampert .... hair stylist (as Mary Lampert)
Jennifer Santiago .... key hair stylist (as Jennifer A. Santiago)
Geordie Sheffer .... department head hair stylist
Sheila Trujillo-Gomez .... key makeup artist
Danlee Winegar .... makeup artist (as Danlee A. Winegar)
Production Management
Dawn Todd Curfman .... production supervisor (as Dawn Todd)
Alton Walpole .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Lemon .... second second assistant director (as Sarah B. Lemon)
Chemen Ochoa .... key second assistant director (as Chemen A. Ochoa)
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... first assistant director (as Kaaren Ochoa)
Marcia Woske .... additional second second assistant director (as Marcia A. Woske)
Art Department
Wil Albarez .... set dresser
Eric Arellanes .... general foreman
David D. Baumann .... property master
Patrick Boyles .... paint gang boss
Doug Butts .... welder
Shawn Caffrey .... propmaker
Thomas L. Caldwell .... greens foreman
Lance Cheatham .... set dresser
Ralph Diaz .... painter
Steven Fode .... laborer
Chris Gallegos .... propmaker (as Chris J. Gallegos)
Lyn Gawron .... art department coordinator
Linda R. Gore .... set dresser
Doug Gray .... propmaker
Graham Griswold .... set dresser
Paul Harman .... sign writer
Jean Harrison .... art department intern
Mary Holyoke .... buyer
Richard Hughes .... set dresser
Mari Kempes .... art department intern
Christopher Martin .... key greens
Jose Mendoza .... painter (as Jose L. Mendoza)
Jesus A. Murillo .... painter (as Jesus Antonio Murillo)
Randy Ortega .... paint foreman (as Randy E. Ortega)
Scott Plunket .... set dresser
Macario Rivera .... paint foreman
Nicole Sahd .... painter
David Lee Servoss .... set dresser (as David Servoss)
Randy Severs .... propmaker
Phil Shirey .... leadman
Juan Souter .... set dresser
David Thompson .... set dresser (as David J. Thompson)
Lawrence Tolle .... assistant property master
Angelo Tomarchio .... propmaker
David Trujillo .... set dresser
Robert P. Trujillo .... set dresser (as Robert Trujillo)
Alfredo Ventura .... painter
Robert A. Vigil .... labor foreman (as Robert Vigil)
Gina Zaritsky .... graphic artist
Colin Zaug .... on-set dresser
Carl Zeller .... construction coordinator
Evelyn Zeller .... draper (as Evelyn Rios Zeller)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... additional sound mixer (as Richard Alexander)
Rick Alexander .... dialogue editor (as Richard Alexander)
Robert Althoff .... sound recordist
Paul Aulicino .... sound effects editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Todd Beckett .... additional sound mixer
Bayard Carey .... production sound mixer
Patrick Cusack .... additional sound effects editor
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound designer
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Paula Fairfield .... supervising sound designer
Paula Fairfield .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Jimenez .... additional audio support
Jesse Johnstone .... sound recordist
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Jeff Knudsen .... boom operator
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor (as Nancy Nugent Title)
Michael Payne .... sound effects editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Zac Sneesby .... utility sound
Patrick Stoltz .... additional audio support (as Pat Stoltz)
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Mathew Waters .... re-recording mixer
Russell Farmarco .... adr editor (uncredited)
Justin Herman .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jason Oliver .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brett Cole .... special effects technician
Scott Hastings .... special effects coordinator
Joel Hobbie .... special effects technician
Danny Maldanado .... special effects foreman
Mike Rogers .... special effects technician
Adam Rosen .... special effects technician
Dusty Webb .... special effects technician
Loyd Catlett .... stunt player (as Lloyd Catlett)
Edward A. Duran .... stunt player (as Ed Duran)
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Russell Solberg .... stunt coordinator
Laurence Chavez .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Edward A. Duran .... utility stunts (uncredited)
John Koyama .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Rayner .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Solberg .... stunt double: Jeff Bridges (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... lighting technician (as Troy K. Anderson)
Liza Bambenek .... second assistant camera
Free Bear .... video assist
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera
Greg Byrd .... camera production assistant
Beau Chaput .... steadicam operator
Morgan Davis .... grip
Dwight Dollins .... grip
Harland Espeset .... grip
Tobin Espeset .... grip
Ryan Eustis .... second assistant camera
Frank Eyers .... video playback
David Hammer .... technocrane technician
Ian Hanna .... grip (as Ian J. Hanna)
Greg Hewett .... key grip
Trevor Howe .... best boy grip
Trevor Howe .... key rigging grip
Aubrey Husar .... grip
Jack C. Jones .... lighting technician
Steve Jones .... lighting technician (as Steve B. Jones)
Kurt Kornemann .... crane operator
Frank Larson .... loader
Steven Litecky .... chief lighting technician
Lynn Lockwood .... camera operator
Jonathan N. Lutes .... grip
Sean Mallon .... best boy electric
Brian Malone .... best boy rigging grip
Barry Markowitz .... camera operator
Lea E. Miller .... grip
Taylor Myers .... camera production assistant
Lee Nakagawa .... lighting technician
Lorey Sebastian .... unit still photographer
Josh Steinberg .... dolly grip
Jim Threadgill .... best boy rigging grip (as James Threadgill)
Timothy N. Walker .... first assistant camera
Dale Glenn Waseta .... key video assist
Cody West .... grip
Sean Wright .... grip
Elizabeth Cash .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Justin Hartery .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karin Aragon .... extras casting assistant (as Karin M. Aragon)
Jo Edna Boldin .... casting: New Mexico
Lindsay Graham .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Marie A. Kohl .... casting associate: New Mexico
Hannah Macpherson .... casting assistant: New Mexico (as Hannah MacPherson)
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aleah Ames .... key set costumer
Nancy Ceo .... assistant costume designer (as Nancea Ceo)
Michelle Duval .... set costumer
Jennifer Gingery .... set costumer
Hillary Higgins .... wardrobe production assistant (as Hillary A. Higgins)
Cherlyn Schaefer .... set costumer
Rosanna Dill .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Suzanne Scott .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tom Cross .... additional editor
Greg Curry .... colorist: high-definition dailies
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate producer
Kiran Pallegadda .... first assistant editor
Erik Peterson .... digital conform editor
Rachel Varnell .... post-production coordinator
Walter Volpatto .... color timer
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate artist
Dan Muscarella .... color timer (uncredited)
Pablo Prietto .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive (uncredited)
Location Management
David Manzanares .... location manager
Lorenzo Vigil .... location scout
Jason Wetter .... assistant location manager
Hilton Clay Peres .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Ackling .... guitar technician
Jay Bellerose .... musician: drums
Ryan Bingham .... musician: vocals, guitars, Tony and the Renegades
Fernand Bos .... supervising music editor
Stephen Bruton .... musician: guitar, mandolin
Tom Canning .... musician: piano
Dennis Crouch .... musician: bass
Elijah Ford .... musician: bass, Tony and the Renegades
Rodney Gurule .... music playback
Joel Guzman .... musician: squeeze box
Larry Jenkins .... music consultant
Greg Leisz .... musician: pedal steel
Roger Love .... vocal coach: Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell
Gavin Lurssen .... music mastering engineer
Murphy Maddux .... composer: "Searching (for Someone Like You ")
Buddy Miller .... musician: guitar
Mike Piersante .... music engineer
Jeffrey Pollack .... music supervisor (as Jeff Pollack)
Corby Shaub .... musician: guitar, Tony and the Renegades
Ivy Skoff .... music contractor
Ivy Skoff .... music production coordinator
Matt Smith .... musician: drums, Tony and the Renegades
Adrian Van Velsen .... music editor (as Adrian van Velsen)
Patrick Warren .... musician: keyboards
Sara Watkins .... musician: fiddle
Paul Bliven .... composer: additional material (uncredited)
Fernand Bos .... musician (uncredited)
Mike Knobloch .... music executive (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Molitor .... transportation captain (as Robert 'Bear' Molitor)
Marty Radcliff .... transportation captain (as Norman Marty Radcliff)
Lyle Christensen .... camera car driver (uncredited)
Jason Doutree .... driver (uncredited)
Walter J. Russell .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Niki Aukerman .... office production assistant (as Nicole Auckerman)
Paul Baca .... set medic (as Paul 'Cow' Baca)
Jon Baran .... set production assistant
Cory L. Bol .... travel coordinator (as Cory Lynn Bol)
Robert Anthony Brass .... office production assistant
Joe Cappelletti .... loop group
Perry L. Coomans .... key craft service
J.J. Dalton .... set production assistant
Donald L. Draper .... key craft service
Tiffany Dyer .... production secretary
Susan Foley .... set production assistant (as Sue Foley)
Darin Foster .... chase crew: Santa Fe Balloons
Eddie Frierson .... loop group
Gregory Garcia .... chase crew: Santa Fee Balloons
Colin Garza .... set production assistant
Alina Gatti .... set production assistant
Eric Gotthelf .... loop group
Dia Hahn .... studio teacher
Amy Hawkins .... payroll accountant (as Amy S. Hawkins)
Scott Herrick .... first assistant accountant (as Scott W. Herrick)
Jeanne Hertz .... chase crew: Santa Fe Balloons
Kate Higgins .... loop group
Lisa H. Jackson .... accounting clerk
Marabina Jaimes .... loop group
Shea Kammer .... post-production accountant
Joanna Kennedy .... script supervisor
Wendy R. Kennedy .... assistant to producers
Micki Lando-Brown .... chase crew: Santa Fe Balloons
Johnny Lewis .... balloon pilot: Santa Fe Balloons
Barbara Long .... production accountant
Ismael Martinez .... key set production assistant (as Ismael 'Mello' Martinez)
Diane Min Fa .... set medic (as Diane Minfa)
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor
Walter E. Myal .... set production assistant
Dale O'Malley .... set medic
Carol Bach y Rita .... loop group (as Carol Bachyrita)
Cindy Robinson .... loop group
Al Rodrigo .... loop group
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist (as Louise A. Spencer)
Elaine K. Thompson .... production coordinator
Robert Vertrees .... production assistant: Los Ageles
Carlos Villareal .... production assistant
Claire Caldwell .... intern (uncredited)
Mateo Frazier .... film liaison (uncredited)
Michael Haddad .... craft service (uncredited)
Benjamin Meade .... continuity expert (uncredited)
Dan Muscarella .... laboratory timer (uncredited)
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Colin Farrell (uncredited)
Rebecca Pavlik .... stand-in (uncredited)
Josh Ricks .... production accountant: mtv program enterprises (uncredited)
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services (uncredited)
Andy Bowers .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band
Frank Bowers .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band
Stephen Bruton .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Ava Cooper .... the producers wish to thank
Jocelyn Cooper .... the producers wish to thank
Stella Cooper .... the producers wish to thank
Tod Eason .... the producers wish to thank
Troy Gentry .... the producers wish to thank
Ernest Hammons .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band
Tobi Elizabeth Ives .... the producers wish to thank (as Tobi Ives)
Garrett James .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band
Toby Keith .... the producers wish to thank
Eddie Kilgallon .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band (as Edward Kilgallon)
Kathern Kinsey .... the producers wish to thank: jewelry design
James Matejek .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band
Eddie Montgomery .... the producers wish to thank
Kris Rabie .... the producers wish to thank
Jennifer Schwalenberg .... the producers wish to thank
Randy Sorrels .... the producers wish to thank: The Montgomery Gentry Band (as Randy Sorrells)
Lisa Strout .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
112 min
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Norway:A | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45721)

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In the boat fishing with Bad, Wayne sings "Live Forever," by country songwriter/singer Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver played a close friend of Duvall's title character in The Apostle (1997) and also had a speaking role in the Duvall film Secondhand Lions (2003).See more »
Continuity: When Bad jumps off stage to dance with a fan, he hurriedly puts his guitar back on to continue the song. The guitar strap is twisted, but in the rest of the shots it is straightened out again.See more »
Bad Blake:I don't want to talk about Tony.
Jean Craddock:All right, what do you want to talk about?
Bad Blake:I wanna talk about how bad you make this room look. I never noticed what a dump it was until you came in here.
Bad Blake:. I haven't seen anybody blush in I don't know how long.
Jean Craddock:I can't help it if my capillaries are close to the skin.
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Movie Connections:
References The Big Lebowski (1998)See more »
The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)See more »


What is the name of the song Bad Blake is listening to in his truck while waiting for Jean?
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49 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
You know you're in a state when you hand-pour your pee on a bowling alley., 16 January 2010
Author: thesubstream from Canada

There's a shot in a scene near the beginning of Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart that's so jarring that it has to have been a choice, but I can't for the life of me unpack what it means. Jeff Bridges plays forgotten country legend Bad Blake, drunk and down on his luck, a one-time great forced to play tiny New Mexico bars for tiny over-the-hill crowds. As he cruises into town in his rusty Suburban and empties out his pee bottle, he realizes that his manager has booked him to play in a bowling alley, where he begins to drink prior to the show. There's a shot of him at the bar that is an exact visual echo of Bridge's most famous character of recent years, the similarly booze-addled Dude from The Big Lebowski, famously bellying up to a bowling alley bar, talking to a cowboy. It's odd and unmistakable, as Bridges' the Dude in the Cohen Bros. first-cult-then-full-blown classic dopey caper movie has become iconic, his sozzled, affronted complaints as firmly lodged in the minds of movie folk as Travis Bickle's spookyisms or the monologue by the guy in Network who got mad and told everybody to go yell out the window.

Where the Dude's drunk and drugged wanderings seemed blessed, though, by a cinematic ray of Private Eye light that kept him safe through to the end of his caper, Bridges' Bad Blake is broken down, on the way out. A member of his backing band that he had mentored, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), has moved on to find incredible success on his own and exists, but is unwilling to do an album of duets that Blake and his lizard-skin booted agent need to pull his career out of the toilet. He meets a young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who herself has had a rough patch and their bruised romance sees Blake back on some kind of road to life.

Bridges inhabits the role as thoroughly as is seemingly possible - he quite simply is Bad Blake. Much of the music (composed by T-Bone Burnett, who among other things did the music for the Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou?) Bridges sings himself and he's got a not-half-bad country voice, but it's in the busted-boot gait and whisky-sipping slouch that Bridges carves the character out. The rest of the film is almost as good as he is. Cooper's script has a habit of freely dipping into the well of cliché - the whisky soaked forgotten crooner lost in the shadow of inauthentic "new country", salvation and sobriety at the feet of a sad single mother who doesn't want to be hurt again - but then at the last minute, swerving away into if not original then certainly less clichéd territory. Tommy Sweet, when he makes his entrance into the story, is not half the villain the first half of the film would have you believe, and Gyllenhaal's single mom is something a hair's breadth more interesting than a sucker for punishment, loyal to a fault. The film could have been a disaster, and at times it's half-way there, but there are enough smart choices in the script and good performances from interesting actors that the film ends up (for the most part) overcoming its own flaws.

It does country well, and it's as authentic as a film can be to a genre of music (like punk, or metal, or rap) that is itself so utterly cliché ridden that arguments over whether so-and-so is "real country" are a common fervent pastime for fans and the artists themselves. Bad Blake seems as much of a real, breathing human being as Merle Haggard or Waylon Jennings, which is obviously somewhat of a back-handed compliment. Crazy Heart's story is an old one: a busted down, down and out nobody screws up, hits bottom, and becomes somebody again. We've seen it before, but it has enough soul and Bridges' Blake has enough human hitch in his step, that it manages to be moving, if not refreshing. 7/10

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