Tender Mercies

I should say something about Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford, 1983) written by Horton Foote, with Robert Duvall, as I just saw it again last night. I suppose the most striking thing is that it won Oscars – for Foote and Duvall – tho entirely unremarkable. It’s good, in the same way as comfort food, or a sentimental song. And it has more than a couple sentimental songs in it, two of them written and sung by the star. Duvall has also directed, including a film that came out in the same year as TM. I have a feeling he thought he was directing here, rather than BB.

Waxahachie, a town in NE Texas where Tender Mercies was mostly shot, and which looks (in the film) like the setting for The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovitch, 1971) but without the luxury (that’s an attempt at a joke – actually a better comparison would be with Fool for Love (Robert Altman, 1985) – but that motel was much more 'luxurious') – was apparently chosen as the site for the Superconducting Super Collider (which was going to be bigger than the Large Hadron Collider) for which the budget was in the billions. Unimaginable when you look at the movie.

Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford, 1983)


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