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Nashville (1975)

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Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writer:

Joan Tewkesbury
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arkin ... Norman
Barbara Baxley ... Lady Pearl
Ned Beatty ... Delbert Reese
Karen Black ... Connie White
Ronee Blakley ... Barbara Jean
Timothy Brown ... Tommy Brown
Keith Carradine ... Tom Frank
Geraldine Chaplin ... Opal
Robert DoQui ... Wade (as Robert Doqui)
Shelley Duvall ... L. A. Joan
Allen Garfield ... Barnett
Henry Gibson ... Haven Hamilton
Scott Glenn ... Pfc. Glenn Kelly
Jeff Goldblum ... Tricycle Man
Barbara Harris ... Albuquerque
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Storyline

Five days in the Nashville country and gospel music scene, filled with stars, wannabe stars, and other hangers-on - individual stories of this small group intertwined - provides a commentary on American society. The stars include: good ol' boy Haven Hamilton, whose patriotic songs leading up to the American bicentennial belie his controlling and ruthless nature; Barbara Jean, the country music darling who is just returning to Nashville and performing following recovery from a fire-related injury which may have taken more of an emotional toll than a physical one; and good looking and charismatic Tom Frank, one-third of the successful group Bill, Mary, and Tom, he who is trying to go solo, which masks his need to not be solo in his personal life as he emotionally abuses woman after woman in love with him, including Mary who is married to Bill. The wannabe stars include: Albuquerque, whose real name is Winifred, who is trying to run away from her husband Star in he not approving of her ... Written by Huggo

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The Home of Country Music See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nashville, i polis ton ekplixeon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,984,123
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Each actor and actress was required to write and perform his or her own songs for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When attempting to interview Tommy Brown, Opal says that she is from the BBC. When questioned, she explains that this stands for the British Broadcasting Company. It actually stands for the British Broadcasting Corporation. This was intentionally done to insinuate that Opal doesn't actually work for the BBC and was an impostor. Geraldine Chaplin confirmed this in a 2000 interview in Premiere magazine. See more »

Quotes

Star: You look like a guy I was in the navy with. He wouldn't bathe, so we had to pee in his bed to get him discharged.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are modeled after a 1970s era TV commercial for a "greatest hits" record album compilation, with the actors in the film announced by a DJ as if they were artists whose songs were featured on the album. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bobby (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Honey
Music and Lyrics by Keith Carradine
Performed by Keith Carradine
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Words Fail Me...
8 August 2000 | by BsherrisSee all my reviews

Nashville was the first "R" rated film that my father took me to see. At 14 years of age, I was many years from NYU film school, and a neophyte when it came to appreciating cinema.

I am now 39, and to date I have seen tens of thousands of films, not to mention possessing a sizable video library. Considering my love of social politics, there is not a month that goes by that I have not thought of this film for one reason or another. There are some movies that you simply see, and there are the rare few that become part of the soul.

Simply said, Nashville is a singular work of cinematic genius that has gone dreadfully under appreciated for the last 25 years. It is a film chock full of life's little (and not so little) truths; some happy, some sad...all meaningful.

Now that it is making a long overdue reappearance on DVD in it's original (and integral) widescreen format, it is my sincerest hope that people will avail themselves of the opportunity to discover this forgotten gem for themselves.

Lastly, that this film did not make the AFI's 100 great American films is an absolute sin.


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