Nov 9-13, 2017

Tender Mercies

TRIBUTE TO HORTON FOOTE WITH GUEST SCREENWRITER/SCRIPT SUPERVISOR ANNE RAPP

Run Time: 92 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

Shot largely in Waxahatchie, Texas, Tender Mercies, based on an original screenplay by Horton Foote, opened to little fanfare and went on to draw five Academy Award nominations. Down-on-his-luck country singer Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall) has nowhere to turn when he wakes up in a motel, broke and hung over. So he takes a job from Rosa Lee (Tess Harper), who runs the place. Mac begins to fall for Rosa, who helps him confront his drinking, and also finds an unexpected bond with Rosa’s young son (Allan Hubbard). When the opportunity for a career comeback surfaces, Mac must choose between his new life and the life he let slip through his hands. Helping him decide are figures from his former life, including his Dolly Parton-like ex-wife (Betty Buckley), his former manager (Wilford Brimley), and the daughter he neglected (Ellen Barkin).

In honor of the 100th anniversary of playwright/screenwriter Horton Foote’s birth in Wharton, Texas, screenwriter Anne Rapp, whose first job as a script supervisor was on Tender Mercies, will talk about Foote and show a 15-minute excerpt from her work-in-progress documentary on Foote.

“Tender Mercies” won Robert Duvall his only Academy Award in six nominations. It contains one of his most understated performances. It’s mostly done with his eyes. The actor who shouted, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning!” here plays a character who wants to be rid of shouting. The film itself never shouts.

Roger Ebert, Rogerebert.com

Cosponsored with Austin Film Festival “On Story.”

Shot largely in Waxahatchie, Texas, Tender Mercies, based on an original screenplay by Horton Foote, opened to little fanfare and went on to draw five Academy Award nominations. Down-on-his-luck country singer Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall) has nowhere to turn when he wakes up in a motel, broke and hung over. So he takes a job from Rosa Lee (Tess Harper), who runs the place. Mac begins to fall for Rosa, who helps him confront his drinking, and also finds an unexpected bond with Rosa’s young son (Allan Hubbard). When the opportunity for a career comeback surfaces, Mac must choose between his new life and the life he let slip through his hands. Helping him decide are figures from his former life, including his Dolly Parton-like ex-wife (Betty Buckley), his former manager (Wilford Brimley), and the daughter he neglected (Ellen Barkin).

In honor of the 100th anniversary of playwright/screenwriter Horton Foote’s birth in Wharton, Texas, screenwriter Anne Rapp, whose first job as a script supervisor was on Tender Mercies, will talk about Foote and show a 15-minute excerpt from her work-in-progress documentary on Foote.

“Tender Mercies” won Robert Duvall his only Academy Award in six nominations. It contains one of his most understated performances. It’s mostly done with his eyes. The actor who shouted, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning!” here plays a character who wants to be rid of shouting. The film itself never shouts.

Roger Ebert, Rogerebert.com

Cosponsored with Austin Film Festival “On Story.”

Film Details

USA, 1983
DIRECTED BY BRUCE BERESFORD
WRITTEN BY HORTON FOOTE
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY RUSSELL BOYD
EDITED BY WILLIAM M. ANDERSON
MUSIC BY GEORGE DREYFUS
CAST: ROBERT DUVALL, TESS HARPER, BETTY BUCKLEY, ELLEN BARKIN, WILFORD BRIMLEY
RUNNING TIME: 92 MINS

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