Tender Mercies (1983)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Mar 4, 1983 Wide
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 3,434
Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall), a once-famous country western singer, wakes up broke, alone and hung over in a tiny Texas motel run by widowed Rosa Lee (Tess Harper). Having nowhere else to go, Sledge takes a job at the motel, and through the kindness and faith of Rosa he changes his self-destructive ways. He marries Rosa (after he's baptized at her urging) and becomes a father/pal to her son (Allan Hubbard). Given an opportunity to make a comeback, Sledge considers leaving his new family behind,
Mar 4, 1983 Wide
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Aussie director Beresford makes an impressive American debut with this rural Texas based saga of the recovery and redemption of an alcoholic and abusive country singer, splendidly played by Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance.
I found myself filled with disquieting wishes for something to happen to break the silence.
Like a quiet child whose primary virtue is that he doesn't make any waves, Tender Mercies is so muted and obedient that it's hard in good conscience to praise it.
Earthy Duvall vehicle, wonderful character study
Duvall won an Oscar for this one, and it's still a moving and fascinating flick.
Little gem of a film complements Duvall's later film "The Apostle"
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