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Crazy Heart (2009)

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A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

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Scott Cooper

Writers:

Scott Cooper, Thomas Cobb (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Bad Blake
James Keane ... Manager
Anna Felix Anna Felix ... Barmaid
Paul Herman ... Jack Greene
Tom Bower ... Bill Wilson
Ryan Bingham ... Tony
Beth Grant ... Jo Ann
Rick Dial Rick Dial ... Wesley Barnes
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jean Craddock
Debrianna Mansini ... Ann
Jerry Handy Jerry Handy ... Cowboy (as Jerry Hardy)
Jack Nation Jack Nation ... Buddy
Ryil Adamson ... Ralphie
J. Michael Oliva ... Bear (as J. Michael 'Yak' Oliva)
David Manzanares ... Nick
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Storyline

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. Written by Fox Searclight Pictures

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Taglines:

The harder the life, the sweeter the song.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Loco corazón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,664, 20 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,462,438, 30 May 2010
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In preparation for the climactic concert scene, Writer and Director Scott Cooper approached country singer Toby Keith about filming a live segment of his film during Keith's half-time break in Albuquerque's Journal Pavilion. The production had ten minutes in which to film Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell performing in front of five cameras and an audience of twelve thousand fans. Cooper's insistence on an element of surprise paid off when the audience went ballistic upon discovering the unexpected "star" guest spot. Farrell's appearance on stage further fueled the mass hysteria as cell phone cameras lit up the auditorium. The whole extravaganza was up on YouTube within a matter of a few hours. See more »

Goofs

In several shots, the Suburban's driver's side door mirror is turned inward toward the door when Bad get in, but is in the normal position when the Suburban is going down the road. See more »

Quotes

Bad Blake: [Lying on bed strumming guitar lightly] You know that song? Hmmm?
Jean Craddock: I can't remember who did it.
Bad Blake: That's the way it is with good ones, you're sure you've heard them before.
Jean Craddock: You wrote that?
Bad Blake: Yes, ma'am, just now.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.11 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Fallin' and Flyin'
Written by Stephen Bruton and Gary Nicholson
Performed by Colin Farrell & Jeff Bridges
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Jeff Bridges steals the show!!!
21 December 2009 | by jaykchanSee all my reviews

Snapshot: Brilliant acting by Jeff Bridges and some solid performances by others hold up a movie that has an incoherent, low intensity albeit realistic story. The score of the movie (which is mostly country music) is also pretty good.

Highlights from the plot: "Crazy Heart" is not your average motivational movie with strong dialogue and high intensity drama. It follows a sober and a rather unusual romantic story. The story is loosely knit by a few incidents that follow the life of a very talented country musician who is also a raging alcoholic and a chain smoker. On one hand the lack of grandiose drama makes the story more plausible and real but at the same time some may feel that its devoid of depth or intensity.

What's Good: Witty humor (its pretty funny), The acting is top notch especially Jeff Bridges, The score is good (especially if you like country music), The treatment given to the story is fresh in some ways

What's Bad: The story does not SEEM to go in any particular direction. The pace is also a tad slow. The chemistry between Jeff & Maggie is kinda offbeat

Who should watch it: People who really appreciate character development and who expect multi- dimensional characters etc. (Jeff Bridges character might be a treat for such folks), folks who expect a good score

Who should avoid it: Anyone who seeks out some high tension drama, powerful dialogue and a fast paced story should stay away from this one.


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