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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.

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Lady Pearl
Delbert Reese
Connie White
Barbara Jean
Tommy Brown
Tom Frank
Wade (as Robert Doqui)
L. A. Joan
Haven Hamilton
Pfc. Glenn Kelly
Tricycle Man
Kenny Fraiser
John Triplette
Bill (as Allan Nicholls)
Dave Peel ...
Bud Hamilton
Linnea Reese
Sueleen Gay
Mr. Green
James Dan Calvert ...
Jimmy Reese
Donna Reese
Merle Kilgore ...
Carol McGinnis ...
Sheila Bailey ...
Smokey Mountain Laurel
Patti Bryant ...
Smokey Mountain Laurel
Jonnie Barnett ...
Jonnie Barnett
Vassar Clements ...
Vassar Clements
Misty Mountain Boys ...
Misty Mountain Boys
Sue Barton
Elliott Gould
Julie Christie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Extra airport club park scene
Concert-goer (uncredited)
Concert-goer (uncredited)
Maysie Hoy ...
Maysie Hoy (uncredited)
Bill Jenkins ...
Announcer at Airfield (uncredited)
Thomas Hal Phillips ...
Hal Phillip Walker (uncredited)
Grand Ole Opry Performer (uncredited)
Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
Stock car racing fan (uncredited)
Howard K. Smith (uncredited)
Joan Tewkesbury ...
Tom's Lover / Kenny's Mother (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Robert Altman

Written by

Joan Tewkesbury ... (written by)

Produced by

Robert Altman ... producer
Scott Bushnell ... associate producer
Robert Eggenweiler ... associate producer
Martin Starger ... executive producer
Jerry Weintraub ... executive producer

Music by

Arlene Barnett
Jonnie Barnett
Karen Black
Ronee Blakley
Gary Busey
Juan Grizzle
Allan F. Nicholls
Dave Peel
Joe Raposo

Cinematography by

Paul Lohmann ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Dennis M. Hill ... (as Dennis Hill)
Sidney Levin

Editorial Department

Tony Lombardo ... assistant editor
Matt McFarland ... remastering colorist
Tom Walls ... assistant editor
Mark Eggenweiler ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Maysie Hoy ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

Robert M. Anderson ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Marvin C. Thompson ... makeup artist (as Tommy Thompson)
Ann Wadlington ... hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Alan Rudolph ... assistant director
Tommy Thompson ... assistant director
Victor Hsu ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

Robert M. Anderson ... property master (as Bob Anderson)

Sound Department

Randy Kelley ... assistant sound editor
Chris McLaughlin ... sound
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
William A. Sawyer ... sound editor
James E. Webb ... sound (as Jim Webb)
Richard Oswald ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Fred Schultz ... multi-track dailies transfer operator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)


Brooke Hudson ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Randy Glass ... electrical gaffer
Edmond L. Koons ... camera operator (as Ed Koons)
Eddie Lara ... grip
J. Michael Marlett ... electrical gaffer (as Mike Marlett)
Harry Rez ... grip
Robert Reed Altman ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jules Melillo ... wardrobe

Music Department

Richard Baskin ... music arranger / music supervisor
Gene Eichelberger ... music recordist
Johnny Rosen ... music recordist
Daniel J. Johnson ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Ken Johnson ... music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Joyce King ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Gene Clinesmith ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

Stephen Altman ... production assistant (as Steve Altman)
Jac Cashin ... assistant to producer
Elaine Di Bello Bradish ... production secretary (as Elaine Bradish)
Angel Dominguez ... production assistant
Mark Eggenweiler ... production assistant
Roger Frappier ... production assistant
Ron Hecht ... production assistant
J. Allen Highfill ... production assistant (as Allan Highfill)
Maysie Hoy ... production assistant
Kelly Marshall ... production coordinator
Dan Perri ... title designer
Thomas Hal Phillips ... political campaign
Noreen Beasley ... assistant: Dan Perri (uncredited)
Lary Crews ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 career choice; and Sueleen Gay, a waitress who will do anything to make it big in music despite being told directly that she has no singing talent. Tying their stories together are: Opal, a supposed reporter for the BBC who is working on a documentary and is searching for whatever angle she can; John Triplette, a Yankee in town to organize political fundraisers, including a country music outdoor concert, for third party (the Replacement Party) presidential candidate, populist Hal Phillip Walker, who has the potential to take just enough votes to affect the election; and Martha, who has renamed herself L.A. Jones, who is in town to visit her hospitalized ailing aunt, but who instead decides to be a groupie to any country music star she can find. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • 納許維爾 (Taiwan)
  • Нэшвилл (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • ナッシュビル (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Нешвілл (Ukraine)
  • Нашвил (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 160 min
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Budget $2,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks It Don't Worry Me See more »
Crazy Credits The Paramount logo is in black and white and the image looks shaky. The scratchy effect was reportedly achieved when director Robert Altman took the negative with the logo on it, threw it onto the ground, and stomped on it. See more »
Quotes Hal Phillip Walker: Who do you think is running Congress? Farmers? Engineers? Teachers? Businessmen? No, my friends. Congress is run by lawyers. A lawyer is trained for two things and two things only. To clarify - that's one. And to confuse - that's the other thing. He does whichever is to his client's advantage. Did you ever ask a lawyer the time of day? He told you how to make a watch, didn't he? Ever ask a lawyer how to get to Mr. Jones' house in the country? You got lost, didn't you? Congress is composed of five hundred and thirty-five individuals. Two hundred and eighty-eight are lawyers. And you wonder what's wrong in Congress? No wonder we often know how to make a watch, but we don't know - the time of day.
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