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Rated R · 111 min. · 2009


This story of a alcoholic country singer who turns his life around with the help of a young woman and her son recalls Tender Mercies, which gave Robert Duvall his only Academy Award. Playing middle-aged boozy crooner "Bad" Blake, Jeff Bridges is likely to turn this film—in which Duvall co-stars—into his own Oscar vehicle. Besides its derivative storyline, co-screenwriter Scott Cooper's directorial debut suffers from a lack of chemistry between Bad and the much younger Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal, also Oscar-nominated for her performance). While Crazy Heart is the cinematic equivalent of a country-standard cover band, Bridges' solo act is the showstopper.

See our full review: Will <i>Crazy Heart</i> be Jeff Bridges' Oscar moment?

Will Crazy Heart be Jeff Bridges' Oscar moment?

While Crazy Heart is the cinematic equivalent of a country-standard cover band, Bridges' terrific solo act is the showstopper. »

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Director: Scott Cooper
Writer: Scott Cooper and Thomas Cobb
Producer: T-Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper and Robert Duvall
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Beth Grant, Sarah Jane Morris, Tom Bower, Annie Corley, Luce Rains and Josh Berry


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