Photos: The best country-themed movies
From 'Tender Mercies' to 'Nashville,' Times pop music critic Ann Powers and film critic Betsy Sharkey reveal their favorite twanging tales of hard luck, heartbreak and redemption.
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'Sweet Dreams,' 1985, directed by Karel Reisz.( xx )
Jessica Lange and Ed Harris were terrific unearthing the tragic core of Patsy Cline and her combustible relationship with her true love, Charlie Dick. Cline was almost killed in a car wreck, and a plane crash would write the final chapter, silencing her rich maple-syrup voice at 30. Downside? In Lange's lip-sync and the director's long shots, you feel the cheats. 21/2 guitars
-- Betsy Sharkey