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Director: Bruce Beresford     Starring: Robert Duvall
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Format: DVD
Sku: 210851900
UPC: 012236103738
UPC 14: 00012236103738
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
While director Bruce Beresford has often dwelled on the amusing peccadilloes of southerners, in this film he has adapted his style to characters whose manners are as plain and unadorned as the landscape they inhabit. The film stars Robert Duvall as Mac Sledge, formerly an icon of country & western music, now down-and-out, a penniless alcoholic. Rosa Lee (Tess Harper), the young widow who owns the rural Texas motel where he has ended up, allows him to work off his board. As the months pass, the singer develops a bond with Rosa and her young son, experiencing the healing effects of this deeply religious woman's compassion. They become a family when she accepts Mac's offer of marriage, and he continues to rebuild his life. He attempts to see his daughter, Sue Ann (Ellen Barkin), whom he hasn't seen in years, and despite a nasty dust-up with Dixie (Betty Buckley), his ex-wife, is finally able to do so. However, the last tragedy he must confront is one that will truly test his recovery. Less a traditional story than a chain of epiphanies on faith and love, this masterpiece of low-key naturalism is arguably the finest work in the distinguished careers of both Duvall and Beresford.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/5/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 92 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1983
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25630
Video UPC UPC: 00012236103738
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Allan Hubbard
Video Cast Info Tess Harper
Video Cast Info Betty Buckley
Video Cast Info Horton Foote - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Philip S. Hobel - Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Beresford - Director
Plot Summary
In this movingly atmospheric film, a washed-up country singer remarries and attempts to start a new life for himself. Despite his battles with depression and alcohol, his new wife and son stand by him and help him turn it all around.

Memorable Quotes

"Were you really Mac Sledge?"----Country music fan to Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall)|"Yes, ma'am, I guess I was."----Mac Sledge

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Real delicacy and emotional power, both largely attributable to a fine performance by Robert Duvall..." 03/04/1983 p.C8

New York Times
Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1983" 12/25/1983 p.II:15

"...An outstanding film....[The] acting is fine down the line..." 12/29/1982

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