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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.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hair Stylist
J.D. Parker ...
Joe (as JD Parker)
Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Gabe Sipos ...
Sandra Harris ...
Megan Henderson ...
Dan Beene ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of Beau Hutton's appearance is modeled after Texan singer-songwriter, Hayes Carll, who wrote several of the songs performed by the character in the movie. See more »


When reading her flash cards in the van, Chiles (Leighton Meester) claims that General MacArthur returned to the Philippines in 1946. World War II was well over by then. He actually returned in 1944 after the battle of Leyte. He then uttered the famous words "I have returned". See more »


Chiles Stanton: [singing] ... whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away.
[she sees Beau on the doorway]
Chiles Stanton: Oh hi Beau.
Beau Hutton: Ever be here to wish me good luck?
Chiles Stanton: I'm on board. I'm playing three songs tonight.
Beau Hutton: Says who?
Chiles Stanton: Says James Canter, that's who.
Beau Hutton: Bullshit.
Chiles Stanton: Bulltrue. I happen to be a consideration as an opening act for Miss Kelly Canter. James, my new manager, booked me this gig as a rehearsal. Not that I need it. I've been waiting for this moment since I was four year old.
Beau Hutton: Last time I saw you sing, you froze up ...
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Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »


Timing Is Everything
Written by Troy Jones and Natalie Hemby
Produced by Kenny Beard
Performed by Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins appears courtesy of Show Dog - Universal Music
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User Reviews

Country Strong is very strong!
10 April 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I actually really loved it and I too am glad I watched it despite many people not liking it enough. I liked Gwyneth and Garrett but Leighton was just amazing with her singing and her portrayal of the layered Chiles Stanton. Loved it! I am looking forward to seeing more movies of Leighton which are coming out this year and I am hoping they will be as strong. I am actually rather surprised as to why people didn't like it-...I guess they were comparing to movies made before on country music with similar story lines but I didn't mind at all! I loved the banter between Chiles and Beau - was absolutely the best part about the movie!

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