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  • Actors: Kim Basinger, West Buchanan, Cheryl Carter, Mitch Carter, John Chappell
  • Directors: David Greene
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MFNB5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award(r) winner Kim Basinger stars as Jodie, a small-town girl with big-city dreams. Devoted to her boyfriend Kyle (Jan-Michael Vincent), a factory worker whose favorite pastimes are guzzling beer and playing pranks, Jodie feels the electric pull of exciting places beyond their community. When Jodie's friend Caroline (country music star Tanya Tucker) returns for a triumphant visit after hitting it big in Hollywood, Jodie's desire for a new life grows stronger than ever. But will Jodie have to leave Kyle to fulfill her dreams? With captivating performances and a sparkling country-music soundtrack, HARD COUNTRY will take you on an unforgettable journey.

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This is a great movie with a funny story line.
john
I am a die hard Michael Murphey fan, and adore his earlier stuff more than what he does now (although it is all good).
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I thought Kim Basinger was excellent in her movie debut.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By chris ching on July 31, 2003
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This movie was great. A really sweet love story. While I have to admit Jan-Michael Vincent isn't my ideal leading man, I thought he did a wonderful job in this movie. Kim Basinger and Jan-Michael Vincent play Kyle and Jodie, two lovers in a small Texas town. Kyle is a factory worker, whose favorite pastime is downing beers with his buddies at the local bar. Jodie his girlfriend is getting sick of the small town life and wants something more. Jodie's friend Caroline(played by country star Tanya Tucker) returns for a visit after hitting it big in Hollywood. Jodie's desire for a new surrounding grows even stronger than ever after Caroline's visit. She now has to decide if she's going to stay or leave to fulfill her dreams. Tanyna Tucker sings two GREAT songs in this movie. The rest of the soundtrack is wonderful too. Daryl Hannah is great as Jodie's little sister. If you liked Pure Country you'll like this movie. It shows the joys and frustrations of small-town life, honestly portrayed by a wonderful cast in this poignant, romantic movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2011
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I am a die hard Michael Murphey fan, and adore his earlier stuff more than what he does now (although it is all good). I have to admit, I bought the movie for the soundtrack, for I can't get the sound track on CD, and the songs are too good to miss!

Having said that, I do agree with the other reviewers, it is just plain good stuff. It is well acted, has a decent story line, and anyone who liked Urban Cowboy or Pure Country will really enjoy this film. Country fans and love story fans alike will relate to the songs, story, and lifestyle this film brings to them.
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TITLE: HARD COUNTRY was release on April 1 1981 and the time on this movie was 104 minutes. Hard Country is a 1981 dramatic movie starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger, and co-starring country music star Tanya Tucker along with Daryl Hannah. It was directed by David Greene and is rated PG in the USA.

SUMMARY: This picture opened in theaters in the USA sometime in April of 1981 starring Jan Michael Vincent as Kyle, Kim Basinger who made her movie debut in this picture starred as Jodie, Michael Parks as Royce and Gayland Sartain as Johnny Bob. This movie is about the lives and that great state of Texas. No one ever moves away from the great state of Texas or even thinks about except one person. That person is a very young lady who's name is Jodie and she works for the telephone company. Jodie is filled with love and has that Georgia charm that makes anyone that comes around her fall in love with her right away. Jodie leaves with a young man name Kyle. Kyle is a young Texas boy who works at a local factor making chain link fences. These two young kids lived together in a little mobile home along with Kyle's dog. The problem is that Kyle likes the some country bars his friends and drinking beer while Jodie wants more. The country bar that everyone goes to is Stallions where they sing drink beer and have a good old country time. One night while at Stallions, a young woman that Jodie grew up is announced as tonight's entertainment and her name was Caroline. After Caroline is down singing her and her friend all, meet at Jodie place to drink and talk. Caroline and Jodie go into another room where they catch up on old times. Jodie biggest dream is that she wanted to become a flight attendant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dakota Springs on December 6, 2009
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I saw this on tv years ago loved it. I'm glad it came out on dvd. I will watch it over & over again. You won't be sorry, I think you will enjoy watching it. Rich!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Lance on December 3, 2009
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Excellent movie, entertaining in every aspect from the story line to the music. A must see for country fans.
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While watching ‘Hard Country’ I was reminded of 1980’s ‘Melvin and Howard’, which is a film that I did not like very much. I didn’t care too much for this one either, although I think I liked it better. It wasn’t terrible, but it was also pretty dull for long stretches and didn’t really pack much into the film. When you have one of these character dramas, you need to have performances that bring you into these characters and make their plights feel honest and meaningful, but Basinger and Vincent just aren’t strong enough here, and the film’s general tone is one of complacency. You can sense it’s trying hard, but nothing is realty happening.
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I liked this movie, Jan & Kim were great!A good true life kind of movie early 1980's Texas style>Thumbs up
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I always thought this film was a quick,cheap Urban Cowboy rip off.
It actually was filmed before the former film.
I was lucky enough to view a surprise preview in Los Angeles in the fall of
1980,I think.
It was a gritty,real look at working class frustration and the pain that
ambition brings you when you want to move on and improve yourself,as Kim
Basingers character does.
Jan Michael Vincent appears drunk the whole movie,and legend has it that it
is probably so. Very good performance,probably his best in film.
It was Kims first feature film,and it was a surprise seeing such a beauty on
screen for the first time.
The soundtrack is great,get it if you can.
All in all,a good star vehicle for Kim and Jan. A shame he couldnt stop
misbehaving. That was his rep when I lived in LA,though.
Funny,sad,endearing. A low budget film that passes the test of time. Rare.
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