Tender Mercies

Directed By: Bruce Beresford Starring: Robert Duvall

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 210851900
UPC 012236103738
UPC 14 00012236103738
Format DVD
Release Date 4/5/2011
Rating Rating
Character Study
Country Music
Essential Cinema
Substance Abuse
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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
Quote "Were you really Mac Sledge?"--Country music fan to Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall)|"Yes, ma'am, I guess I was."--Mac Sledge
New York Times "...Real delicacy and emotional power, both largely attributable to a fine performance by Robert Duvall..." 03/04/1983 p.C8,Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1983" 12/25/1983 p.II:15
Variety "...An outstanding film....[The] acting is fine down the line..." 12/29/1982
Bruce Beresford
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
Robert Duvall - Star
Allan Hubbard - Star
Tess Harper - Star
Betty Buckley - Star
Horton Foote - Screenwriter
Philip S. Hobel - Producer
Bruce Beresford - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1983
Catalog ID 25630
UPC 00012236103738
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color Color
Name Robert Duvall
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1983
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Horton Foote
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1983
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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