From Page to Screen: The Making of Bloodworth
Anatomy of a Song: "You Don't Tell Me What To Do"
It's been 40 years since E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) abandoned his loving wife and sons for a life on the road. Now at the end of the line, Bloodworth reappears, forced to reckon with the stale aftermath of his departure. With his ex-wife Julia (Frances Conroy) mentally destroyed and his three sons, Warren (Val Kilmer), Boyd (Dwight Yoakam) and Brady (W. Earl Brown), soured by years of anger, Bloodworth's only solace is a budding relationship with Fleming, the grandson he never knew. But when Fleming meets Raven (Hilary Duff), the woman of his dreams, will Bloodworth's presence force history to repeat itself? Bloodworth features music produced by Academy Award® winner, T Bone Burnett (Best Original Song, Crazy Heart, 2009), and an original song from country music legend Kris Kristofferson.
The lush greens of Tennessee frame the Southern Gothic tale of Bloodworth. An aging honky-tonk musician named E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) returns home after decades to the lost and aimless sons he left behind: Warren (Val Kilmer), a smooth-talking womanizer and gadabout; Brady (W. Earl Brown, who also adapted the screenplay from a novel by William Gay), a bitter would-be psychic who looks after their disconnected mother (Frances Conroy); and Boyd (country singer Dwight Yoakam), whose deep subterranean anger drove away his wife, the mother of Fleming (Reece Thompson of Rocket Science), an aspiring writer. There's not much in the way of plot, just a series of colorful episodes that tug and tear at the family's fragile bonds, while Fleming tries to surmount the wasted lives that surround him--but the lived-in performances keep everything on track. This movie is all about the vivid but troubled personalities and the languid yet juicy dialogue. Slowly, old secrets bubble up as human violence and a tornado rip up the fabric of life. The soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett (who produced the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?), is superb. Also featuring Hilary Duff as a sort of Southern-fried manic pixie dream girl. --Bret Fetzer
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My uncle loved it! He watched it with many guests. It was wonderful. He loves horses and Chris Christofason. He searched for the movie a long time before finding it on amazon.Published 19 months ago by lesleyanne fuvich
I like Kris Kristofferson, and this movie was a good one with him in it. Not a big budget movie by any means, but a good family type drama with him in it. Will watch again.Published on June 20, 2013 by Hillz88
If you are a Kris Kristofferson fan you will most definitely not be disappointed in this movie. Kris is a consummate actor and one of the best songwriters of my lifetime. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Zeke
Kris is a great in this movie really at his best . The story was very compelling . It was a good flick to watch!!!!Published on April 11, 2013 by monica
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but then I am a fan of Kris Kristofferson. The movie does take creative license with the book "Provinces of Night". Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Barbara40
This is a little know but excellent Kris Kristofferson movie. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan.Published on March 25, 2013 by bigdcowgal