Tender Mercies PG

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item number:  34VJJ
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: June 2, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1983
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Subtitles - English, French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary:
      1. Miracles and Mercies – a retrospective documentary on the making of TENDER MERCIES
    • Trailers:
      1. Theatrical Trailer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Were you really Mac Sledge'"--Country music fan to Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall)
"Yes, ma'am, I guess I was."
  - Mac Sledge

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1983 - Best Actor: Robert Duvall
Academy Awards 1983 - Best Original Screenplay: Horton Foote

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 3,601
Rating: 5/5 -- Earthy Duvall vehicle, wonderful character study
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 23, 2004
Rating: 2/5 -- I found myself filled with disquieting wishes for something to happen to break the silence. Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Nov 28, 2006
Remarkable film about a country western singer, a widow, and her son who try to expel the shadows of the past in order to become strong in the broken places of their lives. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Sep 1, 2002
Rating: C- -- 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. Full Review
Nick's Flick Picks
Dec 7, 2004
Rating: 5/5 -- Duvall won an Oscar for this one, and it's still a moving and fascinating flick.
Nitrate Online
Feb 3, 2003
He's found no miracles in the good country life, in the Bible, or even in the love of a good woman. But the astonishing purity of Duvall's performance, itself a kind of marvel, allows us to believe that Sledge has found a home. Full Review
Vanity Fair
Sep 19, 2019
Included in The New York Times 10 BEST FILMS OF 1983
New York Times
Dec 25, 1983

Product Description:

While director Bruce Beresford has often dwelled on the amusing peccadilloes of southerners, in this film he has adapted his style to characters whose manners are as plain and unadorned as the landscape they inhabit. The film stars Robert Duvall as Mac Sledge, formerly an icon of country & western music, now down-and-out, a penniless alcoholic. Rosa Lee (Tess Harper), the young widow who owns the rural Texas motel where he has ended up, allows him to work off his board. As the months pass, the singer develops a bond with Rosa and her young son, experiencing the healing effects of this deeply religious woman's compassion. They become a family when she accepts Mac's offer of marriage, and he continues to rebuild his life. He attempts to see his daughter, Sue Ann (Ellen Barkin), whom he hasn't seen in years, and despite a nasty dust-up with Dixie (Betty Buckley), his ex-wife, is finally able to do so. However, the last tragedy he must confront is one that will truly test his recovery. Less a traditional story than a chain of epiphanies on faith and love, this masterpiece of low-key naturalism is arguably the finest work in the distinguished careers of both Duvall and Beresford.

Product Description:

The touching American classic about a down-and-out country singer that earned Robert Duvall an Academy Award® for Best Actor – now available from Lionsgate in brand new packaging

Detailed Synopsis:
Academy Award® winner Robert Duvall headlines this touching story of a down-and-out country singer named Mac and the young widow (Tess Harper) he meets in a small Texas town. But as their relationship blossoms, Mac’s years of hard living resurface when his music star ex-wife (Betty Buckley) appears bringing his estranged daughter (Ellen Barkin) with her. Will Mac’s painful past lead him toward an uncertain future – or will he find a way to move past his sorrow and start a fresh new life'

Plot Synopsis:

In this movingly atmospheric film, a washed-up country singer remarries and attempts to start a new life for himself. Despite his battles with depression and alcohol, his new wife and son stand by him and help him turn it all around.


Production Notes:

  • Shot in Waxahachie, Texas.
  • Robert Duvall wrote and sang his own songs for his Oscar-winning performance in TENDER MERCIES.

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Tender Mercies Movie Lover: from anonymous -- June, 24, 2016

Would have been a good storyline, except for the language, unnecessary, the acting was really good.

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  • UPC: 012236103738
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