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The drama and comedy of the lives of twenty-four major stars as seen in the five days they are in the country music capital of the world.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 2-MAY-2006
Media Type: DVD

Special Features

  • Exclusive interview with director Robert Altman

Product Details

  • Actors: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Joan Tewkesbury
  • Producers: Robert Altman, Jerry Weintraub, Martin Starger, Robert Eggenweiler, Scott Bushnell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305918880
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nashville" on IMDb

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By D. D. Sullivan on August 18, 2000
Format: DVD
At last! After years of watching the disgraceful video edition of this with more or less half of the picture missing, Altman fans everywhere can rejoice in this DVD release. It's the movie that finally made me buy a DVD player for it truly demands to be viewed in widescreen. Much of the action takes place within the margins of the frame; likewise, the dialogue is sometimes spoken by characters at the frame's edge and counterpoints the image entirely. Spatially, there's no way this movie is intelligible in anything but widescreen which I believe is one of the reasons it's been neglected since its release; the minute it left theaters, it never translated its brilliant mixture of comedy and tragedy as well again (it would be completely destroyed on commercial TV). "Nashville" is one of the most democratic movies this country has ever produced. Altman weighs every aspect of it equally and every actor comes through just as strongly as the next. It's a career-high for most of them: Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Barbara Harris, Ronee Blakley, Allen Garfield, and Henry Gibson have never been given material this rich again (not coincidentally, many of the performers worked up their own material and some wrote their own songs). Most American movies are centered around the idea that situations and/or objects are only worthy of the camera's attention. This movie declaratively states that it's really people who are endlessly fascinating once you stop and listen long enough to what they have to say. I sincerely hope there is enough interest in this release to warrant future Altman movies on DVD. My list of nominees: California Split, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 3 Women, Buffalo Bill and the Indians and A Wedding. Many of Altman films from the 1970s are shamefully unavailable in this country. DVD to the rescue!
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Format: DVD
I recently rewatched this film for the first time in a long, long time, and was amazed at how much better it was than I remembered. Moreover, I remembered it as being very, very good. In this film, director Robert Altman tracks the interweavings of over twenty major characters over the course of a few days in Nashville. Some of the characters are major Country-Western performers, and others are mere wannabes. All is set against the background of a mysterious third party presidential candidate for the Replacement Party, whose cars and vans drive around the city, broadcasting his commonsensical yet superficial political messages.
Altman has always excelled more than anyother director with ensemble casts, and this is the greatest example of that in his career. No one cast member predominates. Ronee Blakley probably should have won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but was hurt by Lily Tomlin's also being nominated. Lily Tomlin and Henry Gibson's performances were both completely unexpected at the time, since both were considered television comedians and had been regulars on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. But truly, none of the cast members were weak, and most were exceptional. Keenan Wynn was superb as Mr. Green, whose wife is dying of cancer in the film. But the true star of the film is Altman, who is utterly masterful in the way he brings his characters into contact with one another, like a dance director choreographing an immense ballet. One becomes accustomed to seeing all the same faces in one scene or event after another, and for some odd recent it doesn't strike one as at all coincidental.
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Robert Altman's NASHVILLE, an perfectly exhilarating film and an even better cinematiic experience, follows twenty-four characters through the Country Music Capital of the World for three eventful days, and by the end we have grown to love them all (even the ones we hate). The film is structureless (characters wander in and out, and we merely wander around with them to hospitals, restaurants, and hotel rooms) while also being perfectly constructed (it feels carefree and spontaneous, and yet it builds and builds to an unbelievable finale). At once, Altman skewers the music industry, the government, and American hospitality in general. It's not officially a satire, but if it is, then it's easily the most entertaining one ever made, hilarious and heartbreaking. We laugh at the ridiculous BBC reporter (Geraldine Chaplin) and her pathetic, quasi-intellectual ramblings. We despise the womanizing musician (Keith Carradine) who, before one woman is even out the door, is already calling another one up to sleep with him. We pity the poor, naive, untalented, bra-stuffing waitress (Gwen Welles) determined on becoming a singing star, despite the fact that, as one of the other characters puts it wonderfully, "she can't sing a lick." We cry out for the unstable country diva Barbara Jean (played devastatingly by Ronee Blakley), frail and fragile, as her brain unspools before a crowd of merciless, unsympathetic fans. We simultaneously love the Country King himself, Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) for being so damned out there and loathe him for being so damned slimy. Robert Altman never intended to make NASHVILLE a specifically patriotic film--he intended to simply make it a representation of American life in its bicentennial year--and by doing just that it *became* patriotic.Read more ›
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