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Susan Saint James,
Patsy Cline was the first female solo artist to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty-two years after her untimely death in a plane crash in Tennessee, her "Greatest Hits" album sold over six million copies. Loved by her fans today as much - if not more - than she was at the height of her fame, the life, the loves and most of all the voice of Patsy Cline is legendary. This film tells the story of the passionate, fun-loving, soft-spoken, loud-living life of one of country music's - and one of popular music's - greatest singing stars. This film covers the years 1956 through 1963, from her rise to fame and the top of the charts through TB talent shows and country bars - through her turbulent marriage to Charlie Dick and the demands of touring which would lead to the fatal plane crash.Written by
HBO Home Video
The film was originally to be titled "I Fall to Pieces" after Cline's biggest hit before being changed to Sweet Dreams. See more »
Shortly after Charlie gets drafted into the Army, Patsy drives to Fort Bragg to visit him. When she arrives at the main gate, she asks the Military Police guard for directions to Charlie's barracks. The guard gives her the directions, then immediately waves her through the gate without asking for any identification. In the real Army, Patsy would never have been allowed to enter without showing a valid photo ID card. See more »
Walking After Midnight
Written by Don Hecht and Alan Block
Performed by Patsy Cline
Brass and Horns arranged by Bill McElheney
Published by Acuff-Rose-Opryland Music Inc.
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc. See more »
As a cinematic biography of country/western singer Patsy Cline, "Sweet Dreams" is fairly good. The story takes place mostly in the 50s and 60s during which time she had already begun singing in local honky-tonks. The film's plot is straightforward and easy to follow. Production design is excellent. Overall acting quality is credible, with good performances from Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline; reliable Ed Harris as Patsy's redneck husband, Charlie Dick; and wonderful Ann Wedgeworth as Patsy's mother. Profuse country/western music helps make the film even more enjoyable, though I wish they could have found a spot in the film for "Faded Love", one of Cline's most popular songs.
Patsy was talented, ambitious, frustrated, determined, and outgoing. Charlie Dick comes across in the film as a jerk. And my main complaint about this film is that too much time is spent on him, rather than on Patsy and her career. The film's climax is not entirely consistent with known facts; but it is very dramatic.
"Sweet Dreams" will appeal to older viewers, as well as to those who like country/western music. And, of course, being a biography, the film will appeal to viewers who like real life stories.
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