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Tender Mercies VHS
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
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This movie is real ..its soul searching. .it provokes people who struggle to seek an answer ..not from within but to one who is waiting on us all .. this movie is more than good entertainment it helps us all realize at our worst place in life there is an answer and has been there all along .Duval is real and this movie is real it would never be given a chance in our world now .but thankfully tender mercies is there and Hollywood cant remove it or give its interpretation .watch it and be moved to faith when your life needs tender mercies
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.
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