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Country Strong (2010)

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A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way.

Director:

Shana Feste

Writer:

Shana Feste
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kelly Canter
Tim McGraw ... James Canter
Garrett Hedlund ... Beau Hutton
Leighton Meester ... Chiles Stanton
Marshall Chapman ... Winnie
Lari White ... Hair Stylist
Jeremy Childs ... JJ
James DeForest Parker ... Joe (as JD Parker)
Lisa Stewart ... Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Jackie Welch ... Teacher
Cinda McCain ... Misty
Gabe Sipos Gabe Sipos ... Travis
Sandra Harris Sandra Harris ... Orderly
Megan Henderson Megan Henderson ... Megan Henderson
Dan Beene Dan Beene ... Bob
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Storyline

A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,000, 26 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,218,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,529,194
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Garrett Hedlund auditioned at a karaoke bar in Koreantown singing a Pearl Jam song. According to director Shana Feste, "It really wasn't the best showcase ever of his voice, but Garrett went to school for us. Literally, he took four months off and started learning how to play the guitar, took voice lessons, went to Nashville early, started working with Nathan Chapman, a record producer in Nashville who produces Miranda Lambert. I mean, he became a country singer." See more »

Goofs

A billboard referencing Nashville exit 209A is very prominent in the background and they show the Nashville skyline while supposedly in Dallas. They also had real Nashville TV station logos on their microphones. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Chiles, who is your idol?
Chiles Stanton: Kelly Canter and Jesus Christ.
Beau Hutton: [to Kelly] You and Jesus Christ, who would have thought?
Kelly Canter: They love her.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Gwyneth Paltrow Movies (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It Ain't Gotta Be Love
Written by Wayd Battle, Ben Daniel and Brett Eldredge
Performed by Brett Eldredge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great Film, Great Performances - Surprised at the low IMDb Rating?
14 April 2012 | by michaelgranthamSee all my reviews

Since I'm fond of good country music I thought I'd give this a try, despite not being very keen on Gwyneth Paltrow. However, in this movie she gives a storming performance as a famous country singer, gradually falling apart with depression and alcohol - and she has a great voice! Yes that really is Gwyneth singing in the film.

The good news doesn't end there because the supporting cast are just as good, Garret Hedlund and Leighton Meester were fantastic and so good as country singers that I immediately looked for their albums, but apart from the Country Strong Soundtrack, there aren't any! These are just great actors with great voices. Add in a strong performance from Tim McGraw (Oh why cant you just love your woman? - that's all she needs!!).

With fine, layered performances from all and a storming soundtrack, this is definitely unmissable for any country music lover. I'm still humming the tunes days later.

By the way, be careful if buying the soundtrack album. There are two! The first has other artists covering many of the film's songs and though it's a good album, isn't strictly from the soundtrack in every case. The second album, with the same name, seems to have original performances from the film, but was out of stock and I have it on back order. I think this is the more popular one.

Anyway, if, like me, you don't watch films that score less than about 6 on IMDb, make this one an exception. You wont regret it!


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