Tender Mercies (1983)


 tender mercies“I don’t trust happiness. I never did, I never will.” – Mac Sledge

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Apr 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A drunken former country western singer tries to get his life back on track when he meets a woman and her young son.

My Take on it – While trying to watch all movies where actors or actresses won an Oscar for their roles, I came across this movie that I had never seen before.

I was actually surprised that I liked it as much as I did because it crept along slowly and gradually grows on you.

Robert Duvall (who won a Best Actor Oscar for this role) is great as the main character who decided to make a big change in his life and make up for past mistakes.

He is helped by Tess Harper and her young son into realizing how important family and faith should be in life even though sometimes you aren’t sure why you continue to believe when you struggle thru hardships.

Upon reflection, this movie’s storyline is quite reminiscent of Crazy Heart (2009) and I wonder if the writers “borrowed” themes from here for that movie.

It’s very interesting to me that both Duvall and Jeff Bridges won Oscars for these roles.

Bottom Line – Very good performance by Duvall.  Storyline is slow, but still good.  Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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