Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1983. Antron Media Production, EMI Films. Screenplay by Horton Foote. Cinematography by Russell Boyd. Produced by Philip Hobel. Music by George Dreyfus. Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall. Film Editing by William M. Anderson. Academy Awards 1983. Cannes Film Festival 1983. Golden Globe Awards 1983. New York Film Critics Awards 1983.
This is one of the very best films of the eighties. It stars an incredibly good Robert Duvall as an alcoholic country singer whose glory days are far behind him. He befriends a widow (Tess Harper) and her young son and good things start to happen when two separate groups unite and they become a family. The keystone to it all, aside from Duvall’s performance, is the magnificent direction by Bruce Beresford, who truly brings out the best aspect of every element in the film. Also features a great supporting performance by Betty Buckley, who performs some great country songs.