Robert Duvall gives yet another Academy Award winning performance as Mac Sledge, a self-destructive alcoholic and country singer who finds redemption in a deserted motel in Texas. Mac discovers a new meaning to life through his burgeoning relationship with motel owner, Rosa Lee (Tess Harper), and her son Sonny (Allan Hubbard); which he is forced to question when his ex-wife, Dixie (Betty Buckley) and daughter, Sue Anne (Ellen Barkin), come to town.
Gentle, tender and moving.
- Tender Mercies review by Shatner's Bassoon
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An excellent low key drama which revolves around the character of Mac, a washed up county singer who wakes up in a motel room after a night of binge drinking. Unable to pay his bill he offers to work for the owner, a young widow who has a son, and after the couple begin a relationship and Mac turns his back on fame and settles into a more emotionally fulling life, it's not long before his past comes back to haunt him. The acting is top notch and the gentle story hooks you from start to end. An absolute classic.