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Crazy Heart (2009)

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Drama, Music, Romance |

Crazy Heart is a American drama film, written and directed by Scott Cooper, in his directorial debut. Based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb, the film centers around a down-and-out country music singer-songwriter who tries to turn his life around after beginning a relationship with a young journalist. Other supporting roles are played by Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, and child actor Jack Nation. Bridges, Farrell, and Duvall also sing in the film.

The novel on which the film was based was inspired by country singer Hank Thompson. Filming took place during 2008 in New Mexico, in Houston, Texas, and in Los Angeles, California. Original music for the film was composed by T Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton, Ryan Bingham and others.

Otis “Bad” Blake is a 57-year-old alcoholic singer-songwriter who was once a country music star. He now earns a modest living by singing and playing his guitar in small-town bars across the southwestern United States. Having a history of failed marriages (four that he admits to, although a reference is made to a fifth he does not discuss), Blake is without a family. He has a son, aged 28, with whom he has not had contact in 24 years. He is mostly on the road performing, staying in cheap motels and travelling alone in his 1977 Chevrolet Suburban. The film opens with his arrival at a bowling alley for a show.

In Santa Fe, he meets Jean Craddock, a young journalist after a story, divorced and with a four-year-old son, Buddy. She interviews Blake one evening after his gig, and then as they become close, Jean visits again ostensibly to gather more material, and the two enter into a relationship. Jean and her son become a catalyst for Blake beginning to get his life back on track. In doing so, he lets himself be pushed into renewing a professional relationship with Tommy Sweet, a popular and successful country music star he once mentored, and plays as the opening act at one of Tommy’s concerts, despite his initial balking and wounded pride at being the opening act to his former student.

Director: Scott Cooper

Writers: Scott Cooper, Thomas Cobb (novel)

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Ryan Bingham, Paul Herman, Jack Nation

►Cast:

Jeff BridgesBad Blake
James KeaneManager
Anna FelixBarmaid
Paul HermanJack Greene
Tom BowerBill Wilson
Ryan BinghamTony
Beth GrantJo Ann
Rick DialWesley Barnes
Maggie GyllenhaalJean Craddock
Debrianna MansiniAnn
Jerry HandyCowboy (as Jerry Hardy)
Jack NationBuddy
Ryil AdamsonRalphie
J. Michael OlivaBear (as J. Michael ‘Yak’ Oliva)
David ManzanaresNick
Colin FarrellTommy Sweet
Chad BrummettYoung Guy
Jose Jacinto MarquezOlder Hispanic Man (as Jose Marquez)
LeAnne LynchNurse (as Le Anne Lynch)
William MarquezDoctor
Robert DuvallWayne
Richard W. GallegosJesus / Juan (as Richard Gallegos)
Brian GleasonSteven Reynolds
Harry ZinnBartender
Josh BerrySecurity Guard
William SterchiPat
Valerie AdamsRehab Patient / Driver
Chris BentleyRecord Company Executive
Derek BlakeneyConcert Patron / Security Guard / Mall Patron
Cade BorekRestaurant Twin
Luke BorekRestaurant Twin
Tina BorekWoman in Restaurant
Steven Ray ByrdTommy Sweet Security
Cindy CookAudience Member
Annie CorleyDonna
Chad DeGrootRoadie
Hayley DerryberryFan Taking Photo
John H. EuberRehab patient
Jeffrey FeingoldDirk – Singer
Nicole GramlichShopper in Hall
Brent LambertRecord Executive
Cynthia LeeOffice Worker
Beth LuceroMall Patron
Michael Neal PowellBar Patron / Bowler
David T. QuanMall Business Person
James RisheEvangelo’s Patron
Denny ShoopmanSecurity / roadie
J. Nathan SimmonsTommy Sweet Roadie
Blake WilliamsBar Patron

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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