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Tender Mercies ()


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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations.
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Mac Sledge
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Rosa Lee
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Dixie
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Harry
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Sue Anne
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Sonny
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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
Jerry Biggs ...
Man in Bar
Sheila Bird ...
Concessionaire
Robert E. Blackburn III ...
Boy at Dance
Eli Cummins ...
Doorman
Tony Frank ...
Man at Motel
Berkley Garrett ...
Man at Dixie's House (as Berkley H. Garrett)
Helena Humann ...
Woman with Groceries
Suzanne Jacobs ...
Nurse
Barbara Jones ...
Country Woman
Jerry Jones ...
Country Man
Harlan Jordan ...
Waiter
Robert P. Kelley ...
Choirmaster
Ray LePere ...
Man in Bar / Restaurant
Pat Minter ...
Man at Dixie's House
Terry Schoolcraft ...
Ada - Dixie's Driver
Oliver Seale ...
Man at Dixie's House
Denise Simek ...
Concessionaire
Robert Stewart ...
Concessionaire
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Woman at Dance
Vicki Neff ...
Woman at Dance
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Woman at Dance
Jerry Abbot ...
Piano - Country Blues Band Member
Bobby Hibbitts ...
Drums - Country Blues Band Member
Buddie Hrabal ...
Steel Guitar - Country Blues Band Member
Jerry Matheny ...
Guitar - Country Blues Band Member
Wayne Milligan ...
Bass - Country Blues Band Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don 'Tex' Clark ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Joe Zadwick ...
Front Row Concert Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bruce Beresford

Written by

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Horton Foote ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Duvall ... co-producer
Horton Foote ... co-producer
Mary-Ann Hobel ... associate producer
Philip Hobel ... producer (as Philip S. Hobel)

Music by

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George Dreyfus ... (music by)

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Russell Boyd ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William M. Anderson ... (as William Anderson)

Editorial Department

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Norman Buckley ... second assistant editor
Emily Paine ... first assistant editor
Charles Simmons ... location assistant editor (as Charles A. Simmons)
Mary Sweeney ... apprentice editor

Art Direction by

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Jeannine Oppewall

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Daniel Loren May ... (as Daniel L. May)

Makeup Department

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Lynn Decker ... hairstylist
Paul Huntley ... wigs: Betty Buckley
Michael J. Randall ... assistant hairstylist
Carla Rulien ... assistant makeup
Jimi White ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Tom Joyner ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Luke Rothschild ... first assistant director
Kelly Wimberly ... second assistant director

Art Department

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E.W. Bradford ... construction coordinator (as Bill Bradford)
James R. Cox ... swing man
Glenn Dunn ... lead man
Johnny Gutierrez ... construction assistant (as Johnny L. Guiterrez)
Mike Parsons ... property master
Roy W. Wahlstrom ... painter
William Vance White ... assistant props

Sound Department

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Stan Bochner ... sound editor
Angelo Corrao ... assistant sound editor
Jay Dranch ... sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... assistant sound editor
Stuart Lieberman ... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein ... sound editor
Dennis Maitland II ... boom man (as Dennis L. Maitland II)
Christopher Newman ... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Maurice Schell ... supervising sound editor
Magdaline Volaitis ... assistant sound editor
Dick Vorisek ... rerecording supervisor
Maurice Schell ... foley artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Randy Fife ... stunt double
Ben Loggins ... utility stuntman (as Ben E. Loggins)
Russell Towery ... utility stuntman

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thomas Alcala ... electrician
Mike Apsey ... playback operator
Curtis Bingham ... grip (as Curt Bingham)
Don Broughton ... playback operator
Jerry G. Callaway ... camera operator
Murray K. Campbell ... gaffer
Michael P. Henning ... electrician (as Michael Henning)
John Knight ... best boy grip
Leo MacWilliam ... electrician
J. Michael McClary ... first assistant camera
Fred L. McLane ... second assistant camera (as Frederick L. McLane)
Ron Phillips ... still photographer
Tony Poston ... dolly grip
Kerry Rike ... key grip
Dave Roberts ... electrician
Johnny Smith ... grip
Darrel D. Tawney ... best boy (as Darrel Tawney)
Philip C. Pfeiffer ... second camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Robin Boehme ... extras casting
Shari Rhodes ... casting: Texas

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jane Greenwood ... costumes: Betty Buckley
Elizabeth McBride ... costumer
Joan Thomas ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Danette Goss Alberts ... location manager (as Danette Goss)

Music Department

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Charles Feldman ... country music advisor
Tommy Oliver ... arranger: country music

Other crew

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Billy Barnes ... craft service (as Billy E. Barnes)
Linda Barnes ... craft service
Diane Batson-Smith ... assistant to the producer (as Diane Smith)
Dominique Bruballa ... assistant accountant
Betty A. Buckley ... production coordinator
Kathleen Caton ... assistant to the producer
Stan Cohen ... caterer (as Stanley J. Cohen)
Dawn Easterling ... production assistant
Nick Felix ... dance instructor
Max Ferris ... security
Karen A. Hall ... production secretary
Sandra K. Jantzen ... production assistant (as Sandy Jantzen)
Charles N. Johnson ... caterer
John Kane ... unit publicist
Janet Lucas Lawler ... first aid (as Janet L. Lawler)
Kathleen McGill ... production accountant (as Kathy McGill)
Don Miller ... production accountant
Anne Rapp ... script supervisor
Erica Rogalla ... production assistant
Earlane Simpson ... tutor
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Tendre bonheur (France)
  • Gracias y favores (Spain)
  • Tryferes sheseis (Greece)
  • Nežno milosrđe (Serbia)
  • Нежно милосърдие (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $46,977, 06 Mar 1983

Did You Know?

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Trivia Allan Hubbard (Sonny) had his tenth birthday shortly after the film wrapped, and was preparing to celebrate it with his family at his home in Paris, Texas. He was pleasantly surprised when Robert Duvall showed up at his house and gifted him with a guitar for the occasion. Hubbard, who went on to teach guitar professionally, still owns the guitar to this day. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Your Choice for the Film Awards (1984). See more »
Soundtracks It Hurts to Face Reality See more »
Quotes Mac Sledge: [to Rosa Lee] I don't know why I wandered out to this part of Texas drunk, and you took me in and pitied me and helped me to straighten out, marry me. Why? Why did that happen? Is there a reason that happened? And Sonny's daddy died in the war, my daughter killed in an automobile accident. Why? See, I don't trust happiness. I never did, I never will.
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