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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

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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 »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell did their own singing in this film, with the assistance of voice coach Roger Love. See more »

Goofs

Bad is driving down the road in the '78 Suburban that has old faded paint. When it is rolled down the hill, it has suddenly been freshly painted exactly like it appears in its next scene, which occurred after repairs had supposedly been made. The sequence of filming was apparently to wait until the all other scenes had been made using the Suburban and then rolling it down the hill. See more »

Quotes

Jean Craddock: [while leaving the hospital] Okay, you need to hush now. Seriously.
Bad Blake: Why? Am I ramblin'? Must be those blue pills. Think I can get a prescription or two of those?
Jean Craddock: [smiling] No.
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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #5.134 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Trouble
(1962)
Written by Orville Couch and Eddie McDuff
Performed by Buck Owens
Courtesy of Buck Owen Enterprises
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Only Jeff Bridges could shine with this basic and shop-worn material.
29 August 2011 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

"Bad" Blake (Jeff Bridges) was once a famous country singer-songwriter (although how big and how famous are never clearly spelt out), but he has now slid to the very bottom of the greasy music pole: now a reluctant opening act or playing small shows in bowling alleys or suchlike dingy places.

Age, booze and multiple divorces have taken further toll on his mind and body. Today, he rarely thinks much beyond his next drink or resting his weary bones in the nearest - and preferably cheapest - motel.

In to this paint-peeling world comes a hint of genuine love and affection, courtesy of a much younger single-mother (and professional music journalist) Jean Craddock played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

There is not a lot of originality about this production. Indeed it might be viewed as an attempt to re-film The Wrestler in Stetson hats, where it not for Bridges. Talk about carrying a show on your shoulders. Although it does beg the question of how simplistic/basic country music is when an actor (with only very occasional musical forays to his name) can be so convincing.

(Clever pastiche songs being a great aid to the believability.)

Despite the negative opening headlines, things are not totally hopeless. Musical friends and agent are loyal. Dues are owed and paid. Indeed there seems to be ladies (of a certain age, granted) who, still, want to entertain the former legend back in their rooms. Yes, even the bottom of the showbiz barrel seems to have its freebies and its perks. When sober enough to actually enjoy them, that is.

In many ways the act or review - and therefore after-the-fact analysis - takes some shine off this drift-down-the-river production. Indeed only re-enforces how little there is to chew on.

Craddock has to be either mad or desperate to to take an interest in this long broken down musical artist who is not only old enough to be her father, but only one false step away from being a vagrant. What does she see in him? Is she so seduced by the romance of low-rent showbiz to see he is totally selfish (he has, for example, long taken no interest in his own child) and lives in the past?

Maybe Bridges should milk this a bit - go on stage as his alter-ego Bad Blake. I am sure people would be happy to see it. Clearly he is good enough and the professional and functional songs on display here would pass twenty minutes of general inspection.


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