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Tender Mercies (1983)

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

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Dixie
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Harry
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Sue Anne
Allan Hubbard ...
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Robert (as Lenny Von Dohlen)
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Reporter
Michael Crabtree ...
Lewis Menefee
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Reverend Hotchkiss
Andrew Scott Hollon ...
Larue
Rick Murray ...
Jake - Slater Mill Boys Member
Stephen Funchess ...
Bertie - Slater Mill Boys Member
Glen Fleming ...
Steve - Slater Mill Boys Member
James Aaron ...
Henry - Slater Mill Boys Member
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Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career. Written by Stefan Halldorsson <ms@vortex.is>

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Robert Duvall is Mac Sledge, down and out country singer. His struggle for fame was over. His fight for respect was just beginning See more »

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Drama | Music

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10 June 1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de la felicidad  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$46,977, 6 March 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,443,124
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At the Academy Awards in 1984, the Best Actor Oscar was presented by Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton, who is herself, of course, a country singer. Stallone and Parton, who both co-starred in the then soon to be released Rhinestone (1984), were to each announce one of the nominees, and the announcement of Duvall was supposed to go to Parton for this reason. However, when Stallone missed his cue to begin reading the nominees, Parton began reading them off, resulting in Stallone reading Duvall's name. Parton joked on stage that "that one should have been mine." The announcement of the winner was to be read by Stallone, but once he looked inside and saw who had won, he handed the envelope to Parton so she could announce that the winner was Robert Duvall and present him with the statuette. In the film, Betty Buckley played Duvall's ex-wife Dixie who is a Dolly Parton-type country and western singing star. See more »

Goofs

In the final scenes, Sonny is shown with empty farmland behind him, then after a cut to a wider shot, suddenly the gas station and motel are behind him. See more »

Quotes

Woman with Groceries: Hey, mister, were you really Mac Sledge?
Mac Sledge: Yes, ma'm, I guess I was.
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Soundtracks

Over You
(1982)
Written by Austin Roberts & Bobby Hart
Sung by Betty Buckley
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Duvall at his Finest !!
15 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This moving and thought-provoking film is a timeless classic of redemption and perseverance.Robert Duvall totally captures the pain, heartache, despair and ultimate survival of a once beloved entertainer.The film is an emotional tour-de-force for all the main characters, as they deal with forgiveness, doubt, loss of faith and memories of what might have been .......

The direction, screenplay, music and cinematography are all top-notch and add to the realistic feel of the film.

In a career that has seen a number of great performances, this quiet, unassuming Duvall film will leave you inspired as well as thoughtful. In this film , we see our own lives reflected in this small town saga. Maybe that is why I found the movie so deeply entertaining. It appeals to the lost dreams and missed opportunities in our own lives.


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