BEST COUN­TRY MU­SIC MOVIES

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Cover Story - BY JAY BOBBIN

“Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman’s tribute to the coun­try mu­sic cap­i­tal in­ter­cuts mul­ti­ple sto­ries and fea­tures a fab­u­lous cast in­clud­ing Keith Car­ra­dine, who won an Os­car for his song “I’m Easy.” “Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter” (1980) Sissy Spacek earned an Os­car as Loretta Lynn, with Tommy Lee Jones also do­ing solid work as hus­band Mooney.

“Ur­ban Cow­boy” (1980) Coun­try mu­sic gives this drama its pulse as a young cou­ple’s (John Travolta, De­bra Winger) ups and downs are traced.

“Honey­suckle Rose” (1980) Wil­lie Nel­son es­sen­tially plays a vari­a­tion of him­self as a coun­try star, though one who cheats on his wife (Dyan Can­non) with

a band mem­ber and fam­ily friend (Amy Irving).

“Honky­tonk Man” (1982) Clint East­wood made one of his most personal works, as both ac­tor and di­rec­tor, with this pro­file of an ill singer set on at­tain­ing Grand Ole Opry fame.

“Tender Mer­cies” (1983) Con­firm­ing that a num­ber of top ac­tors have won Os­cars for delv­ing into coun­try mu­sic, Robert Du­vall also earned his as a hard­drink­ing singer whose life is changed by a widow (Tess Harper) and her son.

“Sweet Dreams” (1985) “Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter” pro­ducer Bernard Schwartz turned his at­ten­tion to another coun­try icon with this Patsy Cline bi­og­ra­phy star­ring Jes­sica Lange.

“Walk the Line” (2005) As June Carter, Reese Wither­spoon won an Os­car for por­tray­ing the singer’s re­la­tion­ship on and off the stage with hus­band-to-be Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix).

“Crazy Heart” (2009) Jeff Bridges was an Os­car win­ner for act­ing – and sing­ing – his way through the tale of a re­deemed coun­try mu­sic vet­eran.

“Coun­try Strong” (2010) Gwyneth Paltrow is ef­fec­tive as a per­son­ally trou­bled coun­try star threat­ened by an im­pres­sive newcomer (Leighton Meester).

“Glen Camp­bell ... I’ll Be Me” (2014)

This ex­tremely mov­ing doc­u­men­tary shows vet­eran singer-song­writer Camp­bell in the twi­light of his ca­reer as he strug­gled against Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

“Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter“

“Walk the Line”

“Crazy Heart”

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