Industrial Deals Beauty Save up to 90% on textbooks STEM nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc PCB for Musical Instruments Starting at $39.99 Grocery Handmade Wedding Rustic Decor Home Gift Guide Off to College Home Gift Guide Book House Cleaning TheTick TheTick TheTick  Introducing Echo Show Limited-time offer: All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition, starting at $79.99 Kindle Oasis AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Tailgating STEMClubToys17_gno



There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

Showing 1-10 of 345 reviews(Verified Purchases). See all 426 reviews
on April 2, 2015
This wonderful drama from years ago is hypnotic and totally unpredictable. I identified to a meanngful level with Duvall's character, who has his share of honest though sometimes very stressful feelings throughout the film. You almost feel that this is more than a movie because there's overt and subtle human events and behavior from one moment to the next. The young son of Tess Harper's character is charming as he learns to love and trust the male lead, and I think could be appropriate for anyone over 12, depending on the maturity level. The Ellen Barkin portrayal is very sensitive.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
What a sleeper this movie is!

I have only recently discovered the versatile talents of Robert Duvall and bought this because of his Oscar winning role in this movie. The Oscar is well-deserved but so are the performances of everyone else: Tess Harper in her theatrical debut, young Ellen Barkin and Texas-born child actor Allen Hubbard also round out the story.

Duvall plays a recovering alcoholic who tries to hide from his past. His past is filled with hard drinking, violence and carelessness. This behavior results in his divorce from his country-singing wife (Betty Buckley) who is still making her Opry rounds with great success.

But this is not just a movie about a former alcoholic fighting for redemption. You don't see Duvall drink in this movie. This is about lost love, war, internal personal struggles, faith and second chances. This is an emotional movie. One realizes early in this slow-moving film that there are secrets that will be revealed. It takes a tragic death for the main characters to come together, all which come to surface in the last ten minutes when Duvall's character talks emotionally to Tess Harper in her small garden patch as the wind blows her hair and dress wayward. Very touching.

Duvall is a convincingly good singer. There is no dubbing his voice in this film.

This movie was filmed in around Parker and Waxahachie, Texas, two isolated and lonely small towns that are constant backdrops of the story. The dry flat prarie, the blowing sand, the wide blue skies, the wind-blown traffic signs and the gentle demeanor of the characters make this truly a good Texas movie.

A bonus to this copy is the 32-minute extra "Miracles and Mercies" of the director and the main characters talking about their feelings of making this movie nearly 20 years after this movie was made. This was a harmonious cast of actors and directors who got together to make this masterpiece.
11 comment| 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 3, 2014
Sparse, spare movie set in the Texas plains, where a washed up, drunken former country-music legend, Robert Duvall, is given a chance at redemption by a gentle, sweet Tess Harper who is willing to take a chance on him when he winds up broke and abandoned by a friend at Harper's tiny motel in the middle of nowhere. Slowly, Duvall's character, Mac Sledge, attempts to rebuild his life, forswears drinking, and begins to dream that his career might not, after all, be over. Directed by Bruce Beresford, the movie washes over the viewer in a series of dream-like scenes which slowly build toward a conclusion in which the tender mercies of a life lived with love and appreciation might salvage the soul of a man no longer adrift. Duvall won the Academy Award for best actor for this film. Horton Foote won best original screenplay.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on November 9, 2014
This is a great movie! I've watched it 10+ times over the years and Robert Duval is awesome. He sings his own songs and is pretty good! The interviews on the DVD extras tell an amazing story of the making of this movie. It never did well in theaters but got several awards including 2 Oscars. The screenplay is by Horton Foote (won an Oscar for this movie) who also wrote To Kill a Mockingbird in which Duval also starred. Overall, it's a movie with a great story, great acting and great music. I never get tired of that.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on July 4, 2017
Great movie ! TENDER MERCIES !
A movie that tells a great story without showing trashy scenes.
Very rare in todays movies
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 14, 2014
Tender Mercies tells an honest story of a man's recovery, the help he receives from those who love him, and God's mercy and redemption. The acting is excellent through out the movie, and much is said without dialog. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was an honest scene or two in the middle of the movie where the Lord's name is taken in vain. There was no other bad language. Adult theme of recovery from addiction...would not recommend for children. I will watch this movie again.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 30, 2017
This item was a gift for my wife. She enjoyed to movie and expressed it to be one of her favorites.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 30, 2015
We enjoyed this film. We generally enjoy anything with Robert Duval, a favorite of ours. A once famous country singer/song writer works his way through the decisions which brought him to this time in his life - a time when he has virtually nothing. He meets a young widow (Tess Harper - so good in this movie) who owns a run-down very rural motel. She has a son, a main character and a charmer. They see in each other what each had missed before. It is a really uplifting story. You care about the characters and want the best for them. The incredible voice of Betty Buckley is a plus, too.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on November 4, 2001
"Tender Mercies" proves beyond doubt that Americans can make movies the way Europeans do, and still make them unmistakably American. Sure, the director, Bruce Beresford, is Australian, but screenwriter Horton Foote and star Robert Duvall--both of whom won richly deserved Oscars--root this movie firmly in Texas soil. As Mac Sledge, an alcoholic country singer trying to rebuild his life and career, Duvall gives a performance of astounding complexity and emotional impact, all the more astounding because of its laconic spareness. It ranks as one of the greatest performances ever given by an American actor. He is nearly matched by Tess Harper as his new wife and Ellen Barkin as his daughter from his first marriage, and Russell Boyd's photography captures the Texas prairie in all its stark, lonesome beauty. Two other performances that deserve praise are those of Betty Buckley as Mac's country-star first wife--a woman who has let paranoia and resentment take over her life--and Allan Hubbard as Mac's stepson, a resoundingly normal, likable kid. Don't come to this movie looking for slam-bang action--it's a quiet, gentle slice of life, brimming with poignant emotion, filled with love and respect for its characters and their way of life.
77 comments| 191 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 17, 2017
Gotta love Robert Duvall!!! Great movie...makes me cry every time I watch it!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items

$7.83

Need customer service? Click here