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Tender Mercies [DVD] [1983]

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C5IG64Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall -The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) is down and out. A former American music legend, Mac is now an alcoholic whose fall from grace has left him washed up as he wakes up broke and alone on a Texas motel room floor. When the motel owner Rosa Lee (Tess Harper –No Country for Old Men, T.V’s Breaking Bad) finds Mac penniless and with nowhere to go she takes pity on him, offering him work at the motel in exchange for a room. Mac and Rosa soon fall in love, and desperate to turn his fortunes around, Mac resolves to salvage his both his career as a musician and his relationship with his estranged daughter, SueAnn (Ellen Barkin – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) However, standing in his way his Dixie Scott, Mac’s ex-wife, a successful singer who refuses to help his career and put him in touch with his daughter. Still shameful of his past, Dixie threatens to ruin Mac’s ambitions, pushing him dangerously close to his old self-destructive ways.

Winning 2 Oscars® and nominated for a further 3, Tender Mercies is an astonishing and poignant tale of love, family, faith and redemption, vividly portraying the core values of the Southern American states.

Special Features:

- Miracles and Mercies: A Look Back – Retrospective documentary with Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Alan Hubbard, director Bruce Beresford and writer Horton Foote.

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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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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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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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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This is one of my all time favourite films.I would normally have given it a 5 star rating and said it deserved at least 5 more.This is a film where every word of dialogue,line of music is important and adds to the whole understanding of the film.So i was disappointed to find at the end of the film that the song,"You"re the best thing that ever happened to me,"is missing.Played as the film closes,we"re left knowing that Mac Sledge has found true happiness with his new family.The song is missing from this version,maybe because it"s a european release,and we"re left with an irritating pice of music that says and means nothing.Apart from that this film looks and sounds stunning on blu-ray.The quality is a vast improvement on the dvd release i have.I hope that when this is officially released on blu-ray in the u.k.,the missing song will have been restored and i can give this film the 5 star rating it truly deserves.
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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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I only recently came across this gem of a film. It's quite short, only about 75 minutes, and essentially a simple story about how a woman with a Christian faith experiences the "tender mercies" of God, how a man who'd reached rock bottom finds a future and a hope and the woman's son acquires a father. The expression "tender mercies" occurs a number of times in the Bible's book of Psalms and I seem to keep coming across it - it is often associated with God's loving kindness. I've heard it said of Horton Foote who wrote the screenplay that he is as eloquent in what he doesn't say as in what he does.That is certainly true in "Tender Mercies". I also liked the honesty of Bruce Beresford's direction. I'm sure it's a film I shall watch time and again.
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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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