Tender Mercies
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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, but after a reunion with his own unhappy daughter (Ellen Barkin), he vows never again to ruin… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"An anti-Hollywood drama that glitters in its subdued form because it's a real gem."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Little gem of a film complements Duvall's later film "The Apostle""
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Earthy Duvall vehicle, wonderful character study"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"I found myself filled with disquieting wishes for something to happen to break the silence."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Duvall won an Oscar for this one, and it's still a moving and fascinating flick."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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