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Be Here to Love Me (2004)

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (original title)
Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of musician Townes van Zandt.


Margaret Brown





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Ely ... Self - Musician
Guy Clark Guy Clark ... Self - Musician
Willie Nelson ... Self - Musician
Kris Kristofferson ... Self - Musician
Donna Spence Donna Spence ... Self - Sister
Ann Rice Ann Rice ... Self - First Cousin
Luke Sharpe Luke Sharpe ... Self - High School Classmate
John Ruehl John Ruehl ... Self - Shattuck Classmate
Bob 'Maverick' Myrick Bob 'Maverick' Myrick ... Self - College Roommate
Frank 'Chito' Greer Frank 'Chito' Greer ... Self - Friend
Fran Lohr Fran Lohr ... Self - First Wife
Jerry Jeff Walker Jerry Jeff Walker ... Self - Musician
Kevin Eggers Kevin Eggers ... Self - Record Producer and Label Owner
Wrecks Bell Wrecks Bell ... Self - Bass Player
David Olney ... Self - Musician


Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of musician Townes van Zandt.

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What would you sacrifice to follow your dream?


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Guy Clark - Musician: I saw him do stuff when he was just perfect. Perfectly at ease, relaxed, not fucked up, just high just having fucking 1965 feel hippy high playing his fucking heart out - songs that just took your breath away.
Guy Clark - Musician: That's our job to try to hit that mark.
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At My Window
Written by Townes van Zandt
Performed by Townes van Zandt
Courtesy of TVZ Records
Copywright: BUG, EMI
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Surpasses your average Vh1 documentary AND THEN SOME! Great film.
3 November 2005 | by b1lskirnirSee all my reviews

Even if you're not a fan of documentaries, hell, even if you're not a fan of folk/country, Be Here To Love Me is a beautiful and well-directed story of the life of singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt. More than just a movie for hardcore fans of the genre and the artist, the impeccable visual style of the movie keeps the average movie-goer enthralled within it's heartfelt and hilarious interviews of friends, family, and musical contemporaries give dialogue almost too good for a movie.

But then you're reminded that it's a documentary; it's fairly easy to forget. The only narration is the actual audio, be it phone calls (such as in the amazing opening sequence to "At My Window"), home movies, live performances, or the music itself. The camera pans across montages of midwest scenes: old men in the old mens' bars, truck driving, wandering through the desert, and so many others that play like one gorgeous, intermittent music video. Some of the dialogue is unforgettable, be it Townes discussing his addiction to airplane glue, Guy Clark laughing at him hitting on his wife, or his own mother expressing sorrow for exposing him to shock treatments early in his life.

The overall pace of the movie becomes disrupted near the last 20-30 minutes, as the overall flow of themes in Townes' life unfold less and less precisely and with as much organization as the beginning, but that's basically the only flaw to an otherwise brilliant documentary.

Not knowing much about Townes as a person, I can say that this movie helped me fall in love with his music and find new respect for the genre. I recommend it to anyone who loves this man, loves these kinds of quirky stories, loves country/folk, or... well, I recommend it to anyone!

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Release Date:

22 December 2005 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,098, 4 December 2005

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