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Sweet Dreams (1985)



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Jessica Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Jessica Lange
as Patsy Cline
Ed Harris
as Charlie Dick
James Staley
as Gerald
Gary Basaraba
as Woodhouse
P.J. Soles
as Wanda
Terri Gardner
as Singer
Caitlin Kelch
as Sylvia Hensley
Robert L. Dasch
as John Hensley
Courtney Parker
as Older Julie
Colton Edwards
as Baby Randy
Holly Filler
as Madrine
Bruce Kirby
as Arthur Godfrey
Jerry Haynes
as Owen Bradley
Kenneth White
as Big Bill Newley
Stonewall Jackson
as Announcer at Grand Ol' Opry
Boxcar Willie
as Old Man in Jail
Richard Kidney
as TV Technician
Tony Frank
as Bartender
Bruno Kirby
as Arthur Godfrey
Charles Walker
as Cowboy Copas
Frank Knapp Jr
as Hawkshaw Hawkins
Richard J. Kidney
as TV Technician
Jack Slater
as Recording Engineer
Missy Proulx
as Girlfriend at Fair
Aleda Pope
as Girlfriend at Fair
Carlton Cuse
as Sergeant
John E. Davis
as Skip Cartmill
Toni Sawyer
as Baby Nurse
Robert Rothwell
as Plastic Surgeon
Patricia Allison
as Surgery Nurse
John M. Smarr
as Guitarist
Fred K. Young
as Drummer
Curtis Young
as Singer/Guitarist
Michael David Black
as Singer/Guitarist
Stoney Jackson
as Announcer at Grand Ol' Opry
Don Warden
as Steel Guitarist
Johnnie Ray Jones
as Guitarist
Douglas B. Green
as Opry Singer
Gary W. Pigg
as Opry Singer
Paul W. Crisman
as Opry Singer
Fred LaBour
as Opry Singer
Fred Paul Tenley
as Electric Guitarist
Odie Palmer
as Electric Guitarist
William D. Byrd
as Bass in Patsy's Band
Walter Caton
as Fiddler
Jimmy Mack Hodge Jr.
as Steel Guitar in Krackers Band
Irv Cox
as Studio Musician
Peter Robert Grant
as Studio Musician
Jim Norman
as Studio Musician
William Landers
as Studio Musician
Jimmy Vann
as Studio Musician
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Critic Reviews for Sweet Dreams

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Lange and Harris, dangerously well-matched, give us lovers whom only success could sunder.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The two main performances are excellent: Lange plays the singer without a hint of condescension to her dreams of 'a big house with yellow roses', while Harris is persuasively menacing, with an inventively foul mouth.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Miss Lange makes herself a perfect physical extension of the vibrant, changeable, enormously expressive woman who can be heard on these recordings.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There isn't the sense of a well-shaped structure in this movie; there's no clear idea of what the filmmakers thought about Patsy Cline, or what thoughts her life is supposed to inspire.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Director Karel Reisz and screenwriter Robert Getchell create a tightly woven drama with two strong main characters and a number of fine supporting roles, and the love story at the film's center is convincing.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
TV Guide

Patsy Cline musical bio hits true notes

October 24, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Sweet Dreams


A great biopic on Patsy Cline with a remarkable performance from Jessica Lange and Ed Harris. Great musical numbers, writing, costumes, and art direction

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

Someone recently told me that Jessica Lange has trouble acting. This and Frances prove the opposite. Lange is tremendous as Patsy Cline.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


I reluctantly watched this Patsy Cline biopic years ago as a girlfriend wanted to watch it. It is decent enough.

Rodney Eckrich
Rodney Eckrich

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