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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 & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Joe (as JD Parker)
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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)  »

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Love Don't Let Me Down  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$20,218,921 (USA) (11 February 2011)
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Interestingly, Tim McGraw, a highly successful country musician prior to becoming an actor, does not sing or perform in the film. The rest of the main cast are the opposite: actors playing singers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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James Canter: [to reporters] We couldn't be happier. We got 3 sold out shows, we got the hottest 2 acts of country music coming around in a long time, and Texas never seen anything like this.
Reporter: Kelly, how do you feel returning to Dallas?
Kelly Canter: I feel ok, I think it's gonna be good.
Reporter: Anything else to say to your fans?
Kelly Canter: I love y'all, thanks for coming out.
James Canter: She looks great, doesn't she, guys?
Kelly Canter: Thank you so much, thank you.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.65 (2011) See more »

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Country Strong
Written by Jennifer Hanson, Tony Martin and Mark Nesler
Produced by Byron Gallimore
Performed by Gwyneth Paltrow
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Great Film, Great Performances - Surprised at the low IMDb Rating?
14 April 2012 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

Since I'm fond of good country music I thought I'd give this a try, despite not being very keen on Gwyneth Paltrow. However, in this movie she gives a storming performance as a famous country singer, gradually falling apart with depression and alcohol - and she has a great voice! Yes that really is Gwyneth singing in the film.

The good news doesn't end there because the supporting cast are just as good, Garret Hedlund and Leighton Meester were fantastic and so good as country singers that I immediately looked for their albums, but apart from the Country Strong Soundtrack, there aren't any! These are just great actors with great voices. Add in a strong performance from Tim McGraw (Oh why cant you just love your woman? - that's all she needs!!).

With fine, layered performances from all and a storming soundtrack, this is definitely unmissable for any country music lover. I'm still humming the tunes days later.

By the way, be careful if buying the soundtrack album. There are two! The first has other artists covering many of the film's songs and though it's a good album, isn't strictly from the soundtrack in every case. The second album, with the same name, seems to have original performances from the film, but was out of stock and I have it on back order. I think this is the more popular one.

Anyway, if, like me, you don't watch films that score less than about 6 on IMDb, make this one an exception. You wont regret it!


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