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Country Strong (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 January 2011 (USA)
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A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Storyline

A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). Written by Anonymous

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It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,000 (USA) (24 December 2010)

Gross:

$20,218,921 (USA) (11 February 2011)
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Trivia

Hedlund heeded Tim McGraw's advice to "live and breathe country music" and to approach the role from the perspective of a singer trying to make it in the business, not an actor tackling a role, so he stayed in a cabin on McGraw's ranch where he had guitar rehearsals. See more »

Goofs

When Chiles is with Beau in her hotel room and James knocks on the door, Chiles is seen putting on her red and gray baseball style shirt twice. See more »

Quotes

Chiles Stanton: Dallas is gonna be canceled isn't it? She's crazy.
Beau Hutton: She's not crazy. She's the only honest one here. Why are you here Chiles?
Chiles Stanton: Uhm.
Beau Hutton: I'm tired.
[closes the door]
Chiles Stanton: Wait.
[blocked the door]
Beau Hutton: Wait what? You wanna come in?
Chiles Stanton: Stop it.
Beau Hutton: Fine.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.13 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Timing Is Everything
Written by Troy Jones and Natalie Hemby
Produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten
Performed by Garrett Hedlund
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A deep and terrific movie
29 January 2011 | by (Kitchener, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie today. I cannot understand why it was rated so poorly and it just shows that I am glad I don't listen to the critics. There are so many that don't like it because they compare it to past movies that are somewhat similar. I have seen very few movies like this especially ones that are based on country so I came in very unbiased. Just take the movie for what it is...on it's own...for a great script and story! The acting was sensational. The singing which was done by the actors themselves was fabulously passionate and real. Gwyneth, Garrett, and especially Leighton...WOW! The story line??? Big deal if it is "similar" to others. This movie seemed so very real to what it could actually be like. Gwyneth's acceptance to "be" the character she has to be was remarkable. She had humor...terrific talent and as a woman/wife who's husband had forgotten how to be a husband and partner (no offense Tim...you were great too)...she was passionate and playful yet sad and lost. Once again she showed how wonderful and talented an actress she really is.

Garrett and Leighton played their roles very professionally...very real and we need to see more of them.

I love this movie. It had a profound affect on me being a musician and someone who had felt the "loss of hope" the exact same way Kelly did in this movie.

If the critics hadn't beaten it up so much...this movie would have rocked at the box office! Top marks to all involved. Thank you for doing this!


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