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Pure Country (1992)

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Dusty gets tired of all the smoke and light effects, wonders what happened to doing it the way that made him famous and happy. Takes a walk to find what seems to be missing and finds himself and his music again!


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Strait ... Dusty Wyatt Chandler
Lesley Ann Warren ... Lula Rogers
Isabel Glasser ... Harley Tucker
Kyle Chandler ... Buddy Jackson
John Doe ... Earl Blackstock
Rory Calhoun ... Ernest Tucker
Molly McClure ... Grandma Ivy Chandler
James Terry McIlvain James Terry McIlvain ... Tim Tucker
Toby Metcalf Toby Metcalf ... J.W. Tucker
Mark Walters Mark Walters ... Al
Tom Christopher Tom Christopher ... Dave - Dusty's Bodyguard
Jeffrey R. Fontana Jeffrey R. Fontana ... Eddie - Dusty's Bodyguard
Jeff Prettyman Jeff Prettyman ... Bobby Louis
David Anthony David Anthony ... Dusty's Band
Mike D. Daily Mike D. Daily ... Dusty's Band


Dusty Chandler (Strait) is a super star in the country music world, but his shows have the style of a '70s rock concert. One day he takes a walk - out of his overdone concerts to find his real country roots. He's helped and hindered by friends and staff, but pushes on in his search for a real music style as well as a real romance. Written by Don Femia <donfemia@csn.net>

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Bright Lights. Hit Songs. Country's biggest star. He'd trade it all to find the kind of love he'd only sung about.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title track, "Heartland", had to be rewritten many times to fit George Strait. It was originally as a hard rock song called "Pure Country", from which the film got its title. See more »


In the first scene of the movie the tour bus is shown leaving one city and arriving at another. The city in both shots is Ft. Worth, Texas. See more »


Lula Rogers: [Earl is leaning against the back of Dusty's tour bus, breathing in the exhaust fumes] Earl, *what* are you doing?
Earl Blackstock: Just tryin' to feel like I was back in California.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »


Written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis
Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
Performed by George Strait
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Pure Country...yep that's what it is!
25 July 2002 | by TerryLSee all my reviews

This is a good vehicle for George Strait, although it IS a little hokey at times. Some of the dialogue seems to be a bit too predictable, some of the plot lines too hackneyed, but hey, it's only a movie! It's not an Academy Award nominee! This is a good film about a country music star who has had it with all the "stuff" of performing, and has had it with 'performing' itself. He simply wants to sing and play his guitar, he wants to get back to the basics of what pleased him about music in the first place. I wouldn't expect too many people outside of fans of country music to like this movie, or even understand it, but I like it. I understand it. And I accept it as 'Pure Entertainment'...and with a soundtrack like this one has, it can't go wrong. One might want to find a copy of "The Nashville Rebel" (sp) starring a very young and barefaced Waylon Jennings for comparison.

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