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Crazy Heart [DVD] (2009)

Jeff Bridges , Maggie Gyllenhaal , Scott Cooper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Tom Bower
  • Directors: Scott Cooper
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034XRGAM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In a career filled with unforced, naturalistic performances, Jeff Bridges gives one of his finest in Crazy Heart. His oft-married, booze-soaked troubadour Bad Blake has just rolled into Santa Fe when he meets Maggie Gyllenhaal's journalist Jean. "Where do all the songs come from?" she asks during their initial encounter. "Life, unfortunately", he sighs. Against Jean's better judgment, her fling with Blake blooms into a full-fledged relationship. Between gigs, Blake hangs out with the divorcée and her 4-year-old son, with whom he establishes an instant rapport, possibly because the musician is just an overgrown kid himself (and also because he hasn't seen his own boy in years). While Blake plays juke joints, his protégé, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell, cast against type to fine effect), plays stadiums, but just when director Scott Cooper's debut seems to be going down the same path as A Star Is Born, Sweet offers his mentor an opportunity that could revive his reputation--at the expense of his still-healthy ego. Between Jean and Tommy, things start looking up for Blake until a critical error puts his stab at redemption in jeopardy. Once Robert Duvall enters the scene as Blake's favorite bartender, it's clear that Cooper has Tender Mercies in his sights, but Crazy Heart, which features music by T-Bone Burnett and rough-hewn singing by its Golden Globe-winning star, plays more like a sincere cover version than a strikingly original composition. Still, like Duvall's in Tender Mercies, Bridges's performance is Oscar-worthy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Jeff Bridges plays 'Bad' Blake, a 57-year old chain-smoking, alocholic, washed-up country music star. He is effusive and rarely cares about anything apart from where his next drink is coming from and bounces from bar to bar playing small-time gigs and the same old songs to make ends meet. When Blake meets Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) a small-town reporter who wants to write a piece on Blake, he re-evaluates his priorites and the road he is choosing to walk.

Running out of options, Blake is forced to play support for his former protege, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farell) whom he mentored and taught 'country' to, at the expense of his pride and self-respect. Tommy asks him to write some new material for him and Blake sees a way out of his self-destructive spiral and a way to be with Jean. Will he save himself from the brink?

Crazy Heart is probably Bridges' best performance to date (and I love Jeff Bridges), he plays 'Bad' so well, with great comedic effect and his flippant attitude just seems so natural. You can't help but feel sorry for him as he tears himself apart and I genuinely felt for the character. Colin Farrell was a really welcome surprise, I knew he was in the film, but going by past performances I wasn't expecting too much from him. I was pleasantly taken aback as he played Tommy Sweet in a practically note-perfect manner, suiting the character's idioms and really filling out the acrimonious past between Sweet and Blake. Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance is solid and believable as the reporter/single-mother but somehow it doesn't bring any empathy for her character. Despite this, the film really makes you feel for Bad Blake and honestly will him to turn things around.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A gentle story 21 Mar 2014
By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Crazy Heart is a fairly flimsy romantic drama anchored by a career defining performance from Jeff Bridges. Without his sublime efforts Crazy Heart would be consigned to Sunday afternoon doldrums.

An ageing, alcoholic (aren't they always) country star strikes up a relationship with a journalist who visits him to conduct an interview on his latest work. The obvious age gap is glossed over but Jeff Bridges' charisma makes the whole affair seem all the more plausible.

His southern drawl, drunken demeanour and sweet nature collide. It is a performance of such mastery that you forget you are watching an actor.

A sweet if hollow film the whole premise just doesn't ignite and is a little on the dull side. However a fantastic soundtrack and a surprisingly good turn from Colin Farrell ensure that there are moments of delight littered throughout. Crazy Heart has a gentle pace and is in no rush to reach its conclusion. The problem is the ending is so clichéd it all feels a little pointless.

A well-deserved Oscar winning performance from Jeff Bridges is enough to make this worth watching, but only just.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As every film lover knows, Jeff Bridges has been putting in great performances for years - but "Crazy Heart" is different. Quietly magnificent throughout the entire movie, he owns the Oscar on this one.

"Bad Blake" is a 57-year old country singer, drunk most of the time and shuffling with a cigarette in his gob towards another small time venue he doesn't care about. As he empties a plastic carton of piss into the parking lot of a bowling alley (having been on the road for hours), he can think about only one thing - not family, not music, not love - but how can he get a bottle of McClure's Whiskey into his liver with only $10 left in his jeans?

Without any new material to make money from, wifeless for the 4th time and with deteriorating health, "Bad" is still a legend among his fans and when he's on stage, him and his beloved songs like "I Don't Know" can still cut it. But the younger bucks have replaced him - especially his despised protégé Tommy Sweet (a brilliantly cast Colin Farrell) who now has 3 huge articulated trucks to haul his equipment from one arena to the next and not a beat-up convertible called 'Bessie'.

Then "Bad" gets a lucky break. He is interviewed by a local Santa Fe journalist Jean Craddock, a divorced Mum in her Thirties with a bubbly 4-year old son Buddy whom she protects from - you guessed it - 'bad' men. Yet despite all her rules, both Jean and Buddy fall for the charms of the big kid with the guitar and the ten-gallon hat. And on the story goes, heartbreak to joy, joy to heartbreak and back again...

The support cast are convincingly enamored small town folks - Tom Bower as the store manager and Rick Dial as the local band's piano player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Jeff bridges' is one of my favourite actors, he rarely makes an error in his choice of roles.
Glad he got the 'Oscar' for his performance in 'Crazy Heart' allways thought he should have recieved an 'Oscar' for his role in 'Starman' way back in the 80's.
In this film he plays a 57 year-old country singer 'Bad Blake' who rely's on drink to drown out what had gone before.
Once successful, now reduced to the odd gig in pubs and clubs a life style he has accepted until he meets up with a reporter who wants to do a story on his career.
The film has moments of humour and moments of sadness as we follow 'Bad Blake' stumbling through life.
Great music coupled with a great performance from 'Jeff Bridges'
Look out for 'Colin Farrell' playing the part of' Tommy Sweet' a successful singer who hasn't forgotten his 'Mentor'
This is a really good movie, if you like country-music this could be for you. (Another CD I bought)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A nice watch. Thank you. djW
Published 7 days ago by Douglas J. Warth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Hannibal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
thoroughly enjoyed it
Published 20 days ago by anne p
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Enjoyable film, well acted and the end isn't sanitised. Worth a view.
Published 25 days ago by Lauran
5.0 out of 5 stars shall i sing
the story of an alchoholic country and western singer,back to singing in small time clubs,broke ,till he meets a woman with a 4 year old boy and after losing the boy in a shopping... Read more
Published 1 month ago by davidhattermann
3.0 out of 5 stars ... Bridges is a charismatic actor and I expected a great film, but...
My expectations were too high as Jeff Bridges is a charismatic actor and I expected a great film, but the story lacked credibility.
Published 1 month ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Wonderful film def but it it's a great film
Published 1 month ago by monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Heart
Quick delivery & well packaged. The film is awesome, Jeff Bridges is amazing, the music is wonderful - probably have to buy the album next!
Published 3 months ago by Lucy H Leigh
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfull
I have so far only managed to suffer 15 minutes of this film and honestly no really bothered about watching the rest
Published 5 months ago by Jet
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Seen On TV - But Its a Winner
I always thought that Willie Nelsen should have got the part, but when I actually saw Crazy Heart recently on TV realised that Jeff Bridges is indeed the man for the job. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ann Dixon
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