Pure Country

1992

Pure Country

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91%

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The big-screen debut of country singer George Strait is a familiar tale of a star returning to his roots, a route traveled the same year by John Mellencamp in Falling From Grace (1992). Strait plays Dusty Chandler, one of the hottest performers in country music. Dusty feels that his elaborate stage show is overwhelming his music, a suspicion confirmed one night when he forgets several bars of a chart-topping hit and his fans don't even notice. Disillusioned, Dusty tells his manager Lula (Lesley Ann Warren) and best buddy Earl (John Doe) that he's taking a break. After shaving his beard and cutting off his ponytail, Dusty heads for the small farm town where he grew up, visiting his wise old grandmother (Molly McClure) and ending up at the ranch of the Tucker family, where nobody recognizes him. He becomes a hired hand, earning the respect of owner Ernest (Rory Calhoun) and falling in love with Ernest's daughter Harley (Isabel Glasser), a woman determined to save the struggling spread with victory in a Las Vegas rodeo. When Dusty learns that Lula has secretly replaced him onstage with her boyfriend (Kyle Chandler), he stages a showdown that wins Harley's affections. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

George Strait
as Wyatt Chandler
John Doe
as Blackstock
Rory Calhoun
as Ernest Tucker
Molly McClure
as Grandma Tucker
Toby Metcalf
as J.W. Tucker
Tom Christopher
as Dave, Dusty's Bodyguard
Jeffrey R. Fontana
as Eddie, Dusty's Bodyguard
Jeff Pettyman
as Bobby Louis
David Anthony
as Dusty's Band
Mike D. Daily
as Dusty's Band
Jeff Prettyman
as Bobby Louis
Gene Elders
as Dusty's Band
Terry Hale
as Dusty's Band
Rondel Huckaby
as Dusty's Band
Mike A. Kennedy
as Dusty's Band
Benny McArthur
as Dusty's Band
Rick McRae
as Dusty's Band
Sharon Thomas
as Monique James
Gil Glasgow
as Bartender
Julie Johnson
as Waitress
Fred Ellis
as Private Detective
Fred Fontana
as Courier
Evelyn Purtak
as Assistant
Eric Randall
as Reporter
Roy Kieffer
as Reporter
Bob Tallman
as Rodeo Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Pure Country

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

  • The director, Christopher Cain, brings not a hint of irony to any of this -- not even to the Vegas finale in which Dusty is supposed to rescue himself from glitz.

    May 18, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Pure Country is an Elvis movie with a thick country twang.

    May 18, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Pure twaddle.

    May 18, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Singers often make good actors, but Strait's debut performance doesn't measure up to his heartfelt, down-home warbling. It doesn't matter much: Pure Country is pure corn.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Pure Country doesn't have much real drama in it because it`s only a flip of the coin as to how the story is going to turn out. But Strait and newcomer Glasser make solid impressions.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Though this slick-looking paean to down-home values often undercuts its own message, Pure Country is an effective vehicle for amiable country star George Strait.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Joseph McBride

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pure Country

  • Mar 10, 2011
    Usually all Country Music movies I've seen nowadays seem to be clones about the same things.Country singer has drug/alcohol problems, Country singer looking for their big break, Country singer trying to make a comeback or that #1 hit song, etc, etc, etc.Pure Country was different & the best out of all the rest.It wasnt a clone of all the others & the story was good enough to keep you interested & not falling asleep.Pure Country was alright
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2009
    This is a great movie to say the least. It's the best biographical movie that I've ever seen, and one of the best period. It tells the story of the best country singer, George Strait. George Strait is a great actor in this movie. Yes, you'll actually see him get upset for once while he acts out the highs and lows of his career in this movie. This movie made me respect George Strait more for what he had to go through to become the superstar that he is and there couldn't be a better ending to a great movie. Along with the great music that you'll hear in this movie, this is one of the top ten movies of all time in my opinion. If you're a George Strait fan or even if you're not, this is a GREAT movie and deserves to be ordered by anyone. NOTE: This was my Amazon review from the year 2000. I've seen this film several times since then and still love it, not only because I'm a big George Strait music fan, but it's a great movie to watch in itself, and even non-country music fans should watch!
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2007
    The big-screen debut of country singer George Strait is a familiar tale of a star returning to his roots, a route traveled the same year by John Mellencamp in Falling From Grace (1992). Strait plays Dusty Chandler, one of the hottest performers in country music. Dusty feels that his elaborate stage show is overwhelming his music, a suspicion confirmed one night when he forgets several bars of a chart-topping hit and his fans don't even notice. Disillusioned, Dusty tells his manager Lula (Lesley Ann Warren) and best buddy Earl (John Doe) that he's taking a break. After shaving his beard and cutting off his ponytail, Dusty heads for the small farm town where he grew up, visiting his wise old grandmother (Molly McClure) and ending up at the ranch of the Tucker family, where nobody recognizes him. He becomes a hired hand, earning the respect of owner Ernest (Rory Calhoun) and falling in love with Ernest's daughter Harley (Isabel Glasser), a woman determined to save the struggling spread with victory in a Las Vegas rodeo. When Dusty learns that Lula has secretly replaced him onstage with her boyfriend (Kyle Chandler), he stages a showdown that wins Harley's affections.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2007
    The wife is a HUGE George Strait fan, but I must admit that...I don't get it. This movie didn't help me, either.
    Moe E Super Reviewer

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