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Sweet Dreams (1985)

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writer:

Robert Getchell
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Patsy Cline
Ed Harris ... Charlie Dick
Ann Wedgeworth ... Hilda Hensley
David Clennon ... Randy Hughes
James Staley ... Gerald Cline
Gary Basaraba ... Woodhouse
John Goodman ... Otis
P.J. Soles ... Wanda
Terri Gardner Terri Gardner ... Old Singer
Caitlin Kelch Caitlin Kelch ... Sylvia
Robert L. Dasch Robert L. Dasch ... John
Courtney Parker Courtney Parker ... Older Julie
Coulton Edwards Coulton Edwards ... Baby Randy
Holly Filler Holly Filler ... Madrine
Bruce Kirby ... Arthur Godfrey
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Storyline

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

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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Hagerstown, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,161,284, 14 October 1985

Gross USA:

$9,085,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,085,049
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was originally to be titled "I Fall to Pieces" after Cline's biggest hit before being changed to Sweet Dreams. See more »

Goofs

When Patsy and Charlie are dancing at night outside the bar in heavy rain, the "rain" is obviously fake. Also, neither of them gets wet. See more »

Quotes

Patsy Cline: I can't stand it. Makes me want to scream and claw my face.
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Connections

Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Help Falling In Love
Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss
Published by Gladys Music
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"The Best One Yet"
16 December 2001 | by bpattersSee all my reviews

For those of you that thought "Sweet Dreams" was a stupid movie, well that's fine, but not in my opinion. "Sweet Dreams" tells a story, one of the greatest stories imaginable, I mean yeah it's not no fairy tale, but the life of The Legendary Patsy Cline is a very warm-hearted story to tell. I just saw the movie on VH1 about 3 months ago, I was messing with some things around the house and could not watch a lot of it. But, then about a mounth later it came on CMT and I finally watch it in it's entirity. I loved it so much I ordered it on DVD. It's just very neat how are these stars like Roy Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbra Mandrell, and Patsy Cline can pave the way to stardom easy for new country stars like Martina Mcbride, Jo Dee Messina, and Kenny Chesney, and to make a movie like "Sweet Dreams" that tells a story about one of these people is very Sweet and I give an applause to Hollywood for making it. I also give "Sweet Dreams" two thumbs up, I mean I'm not no Roger Ebert, but, I know a good movie when I see one, and this one is to good not to miss. Jessica Lange gives a awesome performance of Patsy Cline, not to mention Ed Harris as her dim-witted husband Charlie Dick. With all the crap that Patsy has to put up with, like her car crash, or that she's pregnant, she stll makes it to stardom with her hit song "Crazy". Also, speaking of songs Jessica Lange did an awesome jod of lip-syncing them. Out of "Great Balls of Fire", "La Bamba", and, "Coal Miner's Daughter", "Sweet Dreams"- (Jessica Lange & Ed Harris)The Legendary Story OF Patsy Cline is, The Best one Yet.


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