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Country Strong -- 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).
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Writer (WGA):
Shana Feste (written by)
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Release Date:
7 January 2011 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.
Plot:
A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way fame, causing romantic complications along the way. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Country Strong: Is this movie country music fans have been waiting for? See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kelly Canter

Tim McGraw ... James Canter

Garrett Hedlund ... Beau Hutton

Leighton Meester ... Chiles Stanton

Marshall Chapman ... Winnie

Lari White ... Hair Stylist

Jeremy Childs ... JJ
J.D. Parker ... Joe

Lisa Stewart ... Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)

Jackie Welch ... Teacher

Cinda McCain ... Misty
Gabe Sipos ... Travis
Sandra Harris ... Orderly
Megan Henderson ... Megan Henderson
Dan Beene ... Bob
Keitrick Clark ... Security
Reegus Flenory ... Security Guard

Terri Minton ... James's Assistant
Ed Bruce ... Clint

Darrin Dickerson ... Tex

Alana Grace ... Ginny

Katie Groshong ... Richard's Assistant
Candace Michelle Coffee ... Denise
Katie Cook ... Gossip Show Host
Adam Skaggs ... PA #1

Travis Nicholson ... PA #2
Denitia Odigie ... PR Girl in Classroom
Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... Richard

Jeri Sager ... Stylist
Kirt Lehew ... Biker (as Kirt Lahew)
Ranjit Bhullar ... Doctor
Tina White ... Interviewee
Brett Warren ... Jesse Clark
Olivia Haley ... Fan
Jim Melton ... Fan
Holly Watson ... Interviewer
Brad Schmitt ... Interviewer
Andy Cordan ... Interviewer
Cory Younts ... Beau's Bandmate
Skylar Wilson ... Beau's Bandmate
Josh Graham ... Beau's Bandmate
Chris Scruggs ... Beau's Bandmate
Loney Hutchins ... Beau's Bandmate
Ian Fitchuk ... Beau's Bandmate
Bucky Baxter ... Kelly's Bandmate
John Bohlinger ... Kelly's Bandmate
Neal Casal ... Kelly's Bandmate
Chris Clark ... Kelly's Bandmate

Jim Lauderdale ... Kelly's Bandmate
Doug Frasure ... Kelly's Bandmate
Amanda Shires ... Kelly's Bandmate
John Deaderick ... Kelly's Bandmate
Johnny Gates ... Chiles' Bandmate
Jamie Jarbeau ... Chiles' Bandmate
Matt Scanlon ... Chiles' Bandmate
Michael Ollin Lotten ... Chiles' Bandmate
Smith Curry ... Chiles' Bandmate
Kristin Wilkinson ... String Quartet Member
David Angeli ... String Quartet Member
Gregory Martin ... String Quartet Member
Sara Reist ... String Quartet Member
James Hamlet ... Honky Tonk Band Member
Steve Hinson ... Honky Tonk Band Member
Fred Eltringham ... Studio Band Member
Gary Nicholson ... Studio Band Member
Beau Stapleton ... Studio Band Member
Danny Flowers ... Studio Band Member
Nancy Amons ... Reporter
Jim Taylor ... Reporter
Jonathan Martin ... Reporter

Katrina Smith ... Reporter (as Katrina Hagger Smith)
Nick Beres ... Reporter
Kelly Sutton ... Reporter
Shane Tallant ... Reporter
Christine Maddela ... Reporter
Stephanie Langston ... Reporter (as Stephanie Langston)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Blank ... Bar Patron

Matt Bolton ... Roadie (uncredited)
Sarah Beth Hayter ... Backstage Dallas Fan

Jeff Ailshie ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Marc Allen ... Paparazzo (uncredited)
Stephanie Attanasio ... Houston Fan / Dallas Fan (uncredited)

Robert Lee Bell ... Bartender (uncredited)

Lawrence Bull Jr. ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Rodney Burlin ... Austin Fan / Houston Fan / Dallas Fan (uncredited)
Harry P. Castros ... Dallas Fan / Music Manager / Kelly's Security Escort (uncredited)
Chelsey Corbett ... Dallas Fan (uncredited)
Brenton Cox ... News Cameraman / Houston Fan (uncredited)
Asia Craft ... Reporter (uncredited)

Patrick Cranford ... Venue Worker (uncredited)

Cris Cunningham ... Kelly's Friend (uncredited)
Gary Douglas ... Press Photographer (uncredited)
Preston Douglas ... Extra (uncredited)
Adam Drake ... Security Officer (uncredited)

Roger D. Eldridge ... Dallas Fan (uncredited)
Donald Farmer ... Usher (uncredited)
John Ferguson ... Production Assistant (uncredited)
Brian Gall ... The Stage Security (uncredited)
Brandon Garrett ... P.A. #3 (uncredited)
Cory Givens-Eades ... Dallas Fan (uncredited)
Terry Gragg ... Fan (uncredited)
Jill Headrick ... Reporter (uncredited)
Trevor Hillsbery ... Back stage friend (uncredited)

Denise Johnson ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Joshua James Johnson ... Roadie (uncredited)

Wendy Keeling ... Teacher (uncredited)
Leo Kling ... Kelly's Friend (uncredited)

Terrence Lening ... Dallas fan (uncredited)
Tracy Lockridge ... Rehab Counselor (uncredited)
Marley Mathis ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Erin Naifeh ... Extra (uncredited)
Steven Daniel Neely ... Security Officer (uncredited)
Melissa Nyenhuis ... News reporter scene / Fan / Dinner scene (uncredited)

Jim O'Rear ... Roadie (uncredited)
Scott V. Palmer ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Ethan Patterson ... Bartender - The Stage (uncredited)

Kayla Perkins ... Houston Fan (uncredited)
April Rodell ... Pretty girl (uncredited)
Garth Shaw ... Dallas Fan (uncredited)
Bear Sheeley ... Backstage Partier (uncredited)
Rebecca Silver ... Herself (uncredited)
Ronda Smalling ... Dallas fan (uncredited)

Robin Smotherman ... Restaurant Patron / Fan (uncredited)
Scott Steward ... Roadie (uncredited)
Sean Symons ... Paparazzo (uncredited)
Myron Todd ... Dallas Fan (uncredited)
Jerry L. Wallace ... Dallas Fan (uncredited)

Erik A. Williams ... Busboy (uncredited)
Steven J. Wilson ... Family Friend (uncredited)
Woody Woodruff ... Backstage Cowboy (uncredited)

Chris Woodson ... Security (uncredited)

Danica Wozniak ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Shana Feste 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Shana Feste (written by)

Produced by
George Flynn .... associate producer
Tobey Maguire .... producer
Valerie Bleth Sharp .... line producer: additional photography
Jenno Topping .... producer
Meredith Zamsky .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Conor O'Neill 
 
Casting by
Liz Dean 
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
David J. Bomba 
Bruce Rodgers (segment)
Fenton Williams (segment)
 
Art Direction by
John R. Jensen 
 
Set Decoration by
Ruby Guidara 
 
Costume Design by
Stacey Battat 
 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Albada .... makeup artist
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist
Linda Boykin-Williams .... key makeup artist
Chris Clark .... key hair stylist
Carol F. Doran .... wig maker
Jorjee Douglas .... makeup artist: Gwyneth Paltrow
Melinda Dunn .... assistant hair stylist
Sandy Jo Johnston .... assistant makeup artist
Sherri Berman Laurence .... makeup department head
Elizabeth Martinelli .... hair department head
Elizabeth Martinelli .... hair stylist: Gwyneth Paltrow
Amanda Miller .... wigmaker
Jami Ross .... makeup artist
Jody Sunday .... hair stylist
Beka Wilson .... hair stylist
Joani Yarbrough .... hair stylist: Tim McGraw
 
Production Management
Meredith Zamsky .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Xochi Blymyer .... second assistant director (additional photography)
Matthew Heffernan .... second assistant director (additional photography)
Zach Hunt .... second assistant director: second unit
Mark Anthony Little .... first assistant director
Kim McCray .... second second assistant director
Scott Rorie .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sheila Bartlett .... on-set scenic artist
Brooke Bernard .... art department coordinator
David Hale .... construction coordinator
Dave Kennedy .... set dresser
Joie Todd Kerns .... set dresser
Bart Mangrum .... on-set dresser
Deborah Norris Jensen .... art pa (as Deborah Norris)
Sean Preston .... props
Lindsay Tomlinson .... assistant prop master: additional photography
Cynthia Wynn .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Matt Andrews .... play back operator
Brian Armstrong .... assistant sound editor
Kami Asgar .... supervising sound editor
Brian Calhoon .... adr recordist
Benjamin L. Cook .... supervising sound effect editor
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Scott G.G. Haller .... dialogue editor
Eric Harwood .... sound recordist
Shawn Holden .... additional production sound mixer
Adam Horley .... adr recordist
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Chet Leonard .... playback operator
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean McCormack .... supervising sound editor
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Erin Oakley .... supervising adr editor
Fred Paragano .... adr mixer
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Jacob Riehle .... dialogue editor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Glen Trew .... production sound mixer
Tim Tuchrello .... sound editor
Sarah Vorhees .... adr assistant
Jon Wakeham .... additional re-recording mixer
Mark Zimbicki .... boom operator
Peter Zimbicki .... sound
Seth Lesko .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eric A. Martin .... special effects foreman
Tyler C. Martin .... special effects technician
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... main title sequence
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Andrew G. Cox .... visual effects coordinator
Neil Craig .... digital compositor
James David Hattin .... lead compositor
Niki Hillier .... visual effects coordinator
Nicholas Lund-Ulrich .... digital compositor
Andres Martinez .... visual effects artist
Morgan McDermott .... digital compositor
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor
Rob Price .... digital compositor
Marco Recuay .... visual effects supervisor: Scoundrel
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist
Cameron Thomas .... compositor: Scoundrel VFX
 
Stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Ian Quinn .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken W. Ballantine .... best boy electric
Art Bartels .... key grip
Khris Bennett .... grip
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Fred Cooper .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Jeremy Curtis .... camera pa
Chad Deslatte .... grip
Robert Duke .... grip
David J. Duren .... rigging gaffer
Tracy Facelli .... second assistant camera
Howard Fox .... grip
Drew Frazier .... electrician
Scott Friedland .... best boy rigging grip
Garland Gallaspy .... electrician
Scott Garfield .... still photographer
Joseph Graham .... rigging key grip (as Joe Graham)
Christopher Greenwood .... rigging grip
Chris Hill .... video assist
Tad Howard .... rigging grip (as Kenneth Howard)
Kyle D. Hutson .... set electrician
Bill Jackson .... electrician
Gary Johnson .... electrician
Andy Kugler .... camera loader
David Mellow .... first assistant camera
Matthew Moriarty .... camera operator: "a" camera
Matthew Moriarty .... steadicam operator
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Gary Myers .... rigging electrician
Alex Nepomniaschy .... director of photography: second unit
Brandon Rivera .... rigging grip
Scott Satterfield .... grip
Maxx Shores .... electrician
Jonathan Simms .... additional company grip
Alexander G. Smith .... electrician
Mark Stover .... grip
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "b" camera
Darryl Wilson .... best boy grip
Jeff Wolf .... camera operator: "c" camera
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... additional dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... location casting
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Helen Geier .... casting associate
Brent Montgomery .... casting assistant
Kim Petrosky .... extras casting director
Jennifer Presser .... casting assistant
Eric Souliere .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robyn Daniel .... costumer
Celeste Dye .... costumer (as Celeste Duke)
Marcia Eden .... costumer
Loretta Harper .... set costumer
Rhonda Keaton .... key costumer
Jill Losquadro .... shopper
Bridgett McGuire .... set costumer
Marty Pavatea .... costumer
Lydia Popper .... costume assistant
Stephen K. Randolph .... costume supervisor
Kelly Anne Ross .... wardrobe shopper
 
Editorial Department
Seth Clark .... assistant editor
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
Frank Pass .... colorist
Crystal Riportella-Crose .... post-production assistant
Ofe Yi .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Bobby Collins .... music licensing
Craig Conard .... music production
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Philip Tallman .... music editor
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
 
Transportation Department
Paula Hight .... transportation secretary
Dave Hodgin Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Michael D. Robertson .... driver
Teresa Sloat .... driver
David Tinsley .... picture car coordinator
 
Other crew
Scott Adcock .... stand-in for Tim McGraw
Brad Bell .... key assistant location manager/scout
Madeline Bell .... location manager
Josh Benavidez .... production assistant: additional photography
Andrew Benz .... set production assistant
Jennifer Blair .... production supervisor
Crystal Borovik .... stand-in
Drew Bourdet .... additional production assistant
Dee Butler .... assistant location manager
Tara Cates .... travel coordinator
Billy Concha .... second unit production assistant
Bob Corff .... dialect coach
Nick Costantino .... first assistant accountant
Jillian Ellis .... technical advisor: concerts
Laryssa Emeigh .... additional set production assistant
Jordan Gilbert .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Lynn Glaser .... assistant production coordinator
Amy K. Green .... second assistant accountant
Jason Lumberjack Johnson .... photo double (as Jason Johnson)
Nicki Johnson .... production coordinator: additional photography
Jeremy Jones .... stand-in/garrett hedlund
Holly Jordan .... office production assistant
Holly Jordan .... production assistant
Kevin Keating .... assistant: Gwyneth Paltrow
Ashley Lambert .... adr loop group
Scott Levine .... unit publicist
Jamie Lieberman .... assistant: Glenn S. Gainor
Faleshia Lo .... key second assistant accountant
Sydney Lunn .... assistant location manager
Megan Lurty .... set production assistant
Joy Mariano .... additional set production assistant
Elizabeth Maxwell .... craft service
Julie McCoy .... production assistant
Meredith Meade .... production coordinator
Meredith Meade .... production supervisor: additional photography
David Midgen .... titles producer
Jade Moser .... photo double: Chiles Stanton
Emily Neumann .... production assistant
Travis Nicholson .... assistant: Garrett Hedlund
Ashley O'Bryant .... production assistant: additional photography
Kevin Scott Page .... production assistant
George Pauley .... production assistant
Nick Phillips .... production executive
Mindy Ramski .... stand-in: Leighton Leester
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor (as Rebecca Robinson-Szwaja)
Andrew Rozario .... cast assistant to ms. paltrow
Rahim Samadian .... office production assistant
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Jill Sayre .... voice
Candice Self Perry .... accounting clerk
Frank Sharp .... additional voice
Rachel Silver .... assistant: Tobey Maguire
Emily Sprouse .... office production assistant
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Mark Van Horne .... laboratory contact
Lisa Van Wye .... set medic
Wes Veldink .... choreographer
Ryan Whan .... production accountant
Eric Williams .... set production assistant
Amy Denning Winfrey .... payroll accountant
Steve Goldstein .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Jessica Pennington .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Melissa Voyagis .... epk field producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nathan Lux .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content
Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:PG-13 | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46369)
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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:
Continuity: When Chiles is singing, during the bar scene after she freezes, the microphone stand behind her keeps moving.See more »
Quotes:
Beau Hutton:[they're riding on a train] So, what do you think?
Kelly Canter:I think I'm Kelly Canter and I'm breaking the law!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Steal You AwaySee more »

FAQ

Who made the white guitar strap in the trailer of the movie? Was it made just for the movie?
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45 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Country Strong: Is this movie country music fans have been waiting for?, 14 January 2011

"Country Strong", a surprisingly good film (even if you live in California and don't happen to like country music). Starring Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man), Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), "Country Strong" succeeds in doing exactly what it sets out to do; that is make a dramatic film about country music that is also entertaining. I know a lot of critics will not agree with me, but in the midst of the awards season this is the one film, not nominated for a big time award, that is worth spending your money on. Side Note: Oh, and if you're only reading this review to find out if Gwyneth Paltrow can sing, the answer is yes she can. But if you had seen "Duets", then you already knew that she could. Synopsis: A story that follows fallen country music superstar Kelly Canter (Paltrow) as she is released from rehab and attempts a comeback concert. There is also another, and all around better, storyline that follows the rise of two up and coming country music artists Beau Hutton and Chiles Stanton (Hedlund and Meester), as they try to find out what path to take through the harsh and unforgiving world of the country music industry. Yes, "Country Strong" may seem a bit to predictable for some and yes, it does lag a bit in the middle of the film (mostly pertaining to Paltrow's scenes), but it does redeem itself with a vengeance in the final 30 minutes of the film. The storyline is really well thought out, the character development here is potent and the acting (including the singing), for the most part, is excellent. Unequivocally the one actor to take note of in this film is Hedlund, who steals the show with his performance of a country boy/country music purist. His chemistry on screen with just about everyone including the microphone is so authentic, that whenever he is on-screen he literally makes the movie better. Any and all issues I have with this film surprisingly fall directly on the performance of Paltrow. She plays an aging alcoholic Country superstar with as much heart as she can muster, but overall she is sadly uninteresting to watch for most of the film. Final Thought: "Country Strong" is currently getting raked through the mud by critics for its simplistic storyline, but let me tell you this: anyone (and I mean anyone) who is a fan of Country music will undoubtedly love this film. And even if the Country twang is not your bang, this is a strong enough drama to keep you in your seat. This is no "Crazy Heart" (so no nominations to be found here), but "Country Strong" is still entertaining enough for me to strongly recommend.

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