Tender Mercies Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

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Written by Horton Foote, TENDER MERCIES is a movie directed by Bruce Beresford in 1983. Both Robert Duvall and Horton Foote won an Academy Award for their contribution to the movie.
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Mac Sledge, a successful songwriter, was once happily married to Dixie. But Mac's alcoholism destroyed their marriage and Mac had to leave her and his 10 years old daughter Sue Anne. Now, eight years later, Mac met Rosa Lee, a young woman who's running a motel lost in the middle of the Texas's fields, and is planning to marry her. He's stopped drinking, is working hard and is occasionally writing new songs. When a journalist finds at last his retreat and writes an article about him, Mac's past begins to haunt him. He misses his daughter so much that he'll find the courage to go to one of his wife's concerts in order to talk to Sue Anne.
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Script Analysis of Tender Mercies

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   daughter Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American rural Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   singer/musician Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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