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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley, Ellen Barkin
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Horton Foote
  • Producers: Robert Duvall, Horton Foote, Mary-Ann Hobel, Philip Hobel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R246
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sometimes everything comes together in a movie and it becomes something so much greater than the sum of its parts that it can only be described as a miracle. That's the case with Tender Mercies, a quietly luminous character piece about an alcoholic, washed-up country singer named Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance) who hits bottom in a motel room one night and then slowly finds his way back into the land of the living with the help of the widow (Tess Harper) and her young son. It's a low-key, contemplative film that feels like a rural American family comedy in the vein of the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu. Tender Mercies was directed by Australian Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant), written by Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird), who won an Oscar for his screenplay, and has an unbeatable cast. This is one of Duvall's most intimate and deeply personal performances, matched only by his debut 14 years later as actor-writer-director in The Apostle. --Jim Emerson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 2 April 2010
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This is a very unusual film. It's theme is spiritual regeneration, hardly a popular topic in mainstream cinema. Robert Duvall portrays an alcoholic in the process of reform. It's a gentle film, so understated as to be banal at times. The landscape is tough, the life is hard and change comes slowly. The film is more like a play in its subtlety and lack of spectacular action. It manages to be melancholy, profound and uplifting - a really special American story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2012
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A gentle quiet film, wonderfully written by Horton Foote, and featuring a magnificent performance
by Robert Duvall as an alcoholic ex-country singer star, who rediscovers himself by finding a family.

Ordinarily this kind of upbeat view could be treacly, or seem like a Hollywood simplification. But
here it's simultaneously rich and sparse, and even in a world where life is ultimately good, there are still
tragedies big and small, broken hearts and terrible losses. This is that rare `feel good' film that
earns the right.

The supporting work by Tess Harper and Betty Buckley is worth mentioning as well, as is Bruce Beresford's
understated but always effective and evocative direction.

But ultimately it's Foote's screenplay, set in a world where predictability and cliche are the usual, that
manages to pull off the almost impossible and create something unique, tender, and new.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Stubbs on 6 Jan. 2010
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My boyfriend wanted us to watch this movie as he is a big fan of Robert Duvall. I didn't think I was going to like it but it won me over.

It is a gentle understated love story. Robert Duvall won a well deserved Acadamey Award for his performance as Mac Sledge, a self destructive alcoholic and country singer who finds a new meaning to life through the love of a good woman, Rosa Lee played with feeling by Tess Harper.

As with all good love stories there are a few complications which makes the plot more interesting.

It made me laugh and cry. Well worth the watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pipnuts on 2 Dec. 2012
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Mack Sledge is a former country music star, now living in a bottle, who rocks up at a Texas Motel, owned by Tess Harper. When he emerges from his cabin two days later, fresh from a drunken stupor, he realises that the friend who came with him has left him there with no money, and with a bill to pay. This is the story of how earning his keep at the Motel gives him the chance to earn some self respect, and to receive acceptance. His relationship with Harper's son, Sonny (Allan J. Hubbard) is an allegory for him being forgiven past mistakes, as it seems that he is the judge of this man's worthiness. Wonderfully evocative of an old country world. Robert Duvall is a revelation as a singer, and Betty Buckley is a vocal powerhouse as Mack's ex-wife.
Take the time to relax with this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2011
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As the story opens, washed-up country singer Mac (Robert Duvall) is dead drunk in a shabby Texas motel room. With no money to pay the bill, he starts working for the widow (Tess Harper) who runs the place. Once he stops drinking, he starts liking life again and becomes close to the woman and her young son. Not one to talk about himself or the past, she doesn't know that he was once a big star.

This is a wonderful, beautiful story. Duvall excels at playing honest, straightforward characters that are completely lacking in artifice and is convincing as the silent, pained has-been. His compelling performance earned Best Actor Oscar in 1984. This was Tess Harper's first movie but she acts like a pro; she effortlessly portrays the simple, hardworking woman who is grateful for the tender mercies, or blessings, in her life. The two stars make you feel like you've really been to rural Texas and gotten to know and care about the folks there. The movie is quite similar in mood to "The Last Picture Show," with characters that say what they mean and know who they are.

This is a quiet, touching, and utterly engaging movie about interesting people. Heartily recommended.
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Watching Tender Mercies again on DVD I was struck by how restrained and low key it was, a rare thing in a Hollywood movie, but all the better for it. The acting, even that of Duvall, never dominates the film and is totally honest and real. I particularly liked the performance of Tess Harper as the motel owner, beautifully underplayed, authentic, and completely in service to the film. We've seen all these characters many times before but never so convincingly and truthfully as here. There is a lovely innocence and shyness to the boys in the country and western band who idolise Duvall's Mac Sledge and it never tips over into mawkishness and cliche as Mac plays one last gig. This could have been handled so clumsily but is never allowed to overdevelop and Mac's comeback gently recedes as he settles for the life he's found. The other supporting characters are also played with humility and a genuine human frailty that is totally faithful to real lived experience. The film could so easily have been an emotion drenched piece of Hollywood schlock but as you'd expect with the subtle screenplay of Horton Foote and the tender direction of Bruce Beresford, the tone and emotional control is beautifully pitched. Duvall has always been one of the most charismatic screen presences of his era, even with his small cameo in To Kill A Mockingbird we knew he was something special, and this is one of his defining roles in a distinguished career. He could so easily have over-acted the part but he plays Mac with dignity and restraint. I've deducted one star for the editing as I feel somehow that the cutting doesn't quite feel right. Was it originally edited for T.V. perhaps ?
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