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Crazy Heart
     

Crazy Heart

4.1 10
Director: Scott Cooper, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall

Cast: Scott Cooper, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall

 

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A worn-down country singer and a burgeoning journalist form an unusual bond in this drama adapted from the novel by Thomas Cobb. His spirit broken by multiple failed marriages, too much time on the road, and too many nights with the bottle, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) had started to feel like he was headed down the path of no return. When

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A worn-down country singer and a burgeoning journalist form an unusual bond in this drama adapted from the novel by Thomas Cobb. His spirit broken by multiple failed marriages, too much time on the road, and too many nights with the bottle, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) had started to feel like he was headed down the path of no return. When probing young writer Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal) digs deep enough to unearth the broken man behind the legend, however, Bad realizes that redemption may not be such a long shot after all. Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
At one point in Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart, 57-year-old alcoholic, down-on-his-luck country singer/songwriter Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) explains that the great songs sound like you've already heard them. There's much truth in that statement, and it's an apt description of the movie's charm as well. A onetime country star who wrote a number of popular tunes, Bad's career is currently in the dumps. He's on a tour traveling hundreds of miles a day in his trusty, beat-up truck in order to play in bowling alleys and bars with a different set of local musicians every night. His diet consists primarily of whiskey and the easily seduced members of his aging fan base. However, things change when he sits down for an interview with struggling young music writer and single mom Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The two begin a tentative affair, and not long after that, Bad's manager calls with an offer to have him open a big show for Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), a onetime member of Bad's backup band who's now a new-country superstar. There isn't much pressing drama in Crazy Heart, but that's fine because the key to the film's success is Bridges. Looking and sounding a great deal like Kris Kristofferson, Bridges exudes a lived-in weariness. We see in equal measure how four bad marriages and a long time without a hit have turned him into an alcoholic mess, but we also see the talent and the inner fire that keeps him going even when it looks like his body may be too rundown to continue. On top of everything else, he does his own singing, and his voice has a gravelly authenticity. The original songs he sings, composed by a number of pro songwriters -- including one of the film's producers, T-Bone Burnett -- sure sound like country standards. All the tunes are catchy and quotable -- most especially Bad's biggest hit, "Falling and Flying"; this is a rare case where the soundtrack alone will work just as well as the movie. With its tale of an alcoholic faded country star looking for redemption, it's impossible to watch Crazy Heart and not think of Tender Mercies, a fact Cooper is quite aware of. Instead of running from the comparisons, he bravely embraces them by casting that movie's Oscar-winning star, Robert Duvall, as Bad's oldest friend, and it's yet another testament to Crazy Heart that it can stand on its own alongside that classic. Duvall -- who also is credited as a producer on the movie -- gets a pair of scenes to play with Bridges, and their low-key naturalism together is not only affecting for us, but should serve as a lesson for any young actor on the skills required to maintain a decades-long career. There are no histrionics, just two fictional people made flesh and blood before our eyes. Crazy Heart is certainly familiar. It doesn't surprise with its story, but it surprises with the details in Bridges exquisite performance, and in the honest, plain-spoken way it touches on familiar themes like friendship, redemption, and love.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
UPC:
0024543665892
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
3,467

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Bad Blake
Maggie Gyllenhaal Jean Craddock
Robert Duvall Wayne
Tom Bower Bill Wilson
Colin Farrell Tommy Sweet
James Keane Manager
William Marquez Doctor
Ryan Bingham Tony
Paul Herman Jack Greene
Rick Dial Wesley Barnes
Jack Nation Buddy
Beth Grant Jo Ann
J. Michael "Yak" Oliva Bear
Ryil Adamson Ralphie
David Manzanares Nick
Debrianna Mansini Ann
Richard W. Gallegos Jesus/Juan
Brian Gleason Steven Reynolds
William Sterchi Pat
Chad Brummett Young Guy
Harry Zinn Bartender
Anna Felix Barmaid
Le Anne Lynch Nurse
Josh Berry Security Guard
Jerry Hardy Cowboy

Technical Credits
Scott Cooper Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Axelrad Editor
Leslie Belzberg Executive Producer
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Eric Brenner Executive Producer
Jeff Bridges Executive Producer
Stephen Bruton Score Composer
T-Bone Burnett Score Composer,Producer
Judy Cairo Producer
Rob Carliner Producer
Robert Duvall Producer
Jeffrey Ford Editor
Lindsay Graham Casting
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldemar Kalinowski Production Designer
Barry Markowitz Cinematographer
Kaaren F. Ochoa Asst. Director
Gina Scheerer Associate Producer
Michael A. Simpson Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Danlee Winegar Makeup
Ben Zeller Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crazy Heart
1. Main Title/57 and Broke [5:33]
2. The Perks of Stardom [3:45]
3. Showtime [5:53]
4. Another Town, Another Bar [2:41]
5. Dressing For Dinner [5:01]
6. A Rolling Stone [3:13]
7. Who's Real Country? [3:14]
8. No Damn Way [3:39]
9. Gimme Five [5:26]
10. Getting Grumpy [3:24]
11. Those Were the Days [4:38]
12. Really Big Show [5:20]
13. Not Making It Easy [2:04]
14. Off the Road [5:24]
15. Do Something For Me [5:11]
16. Man Stuff [4:29]
17. How's Business? [2:53]
18. I've Got Your Number [3:05]
19. Not Again [2:34]
20. Never Too Late [3:07]
21. Touring Houston [2:26]
22. Where's Buddy?! [4:29]
23. Don't Touch Me [2:20]
24. One Day at a Time [4:07]
25. So Good to Be Home [2:10]
26. A Brand New Day [4:54]
27. One Helluva Song [4:22]
28. End Titles [5:54]

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Crazy Heart 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
RUSSIAN_WOLF More than 1 year ago
It was difficult watching a man sink so low into the whiskey bottle and loss so dear to him before his alcohol haze disappeared.. Jeff Bridges is a wonderful actor and played the part so well... He definitely deserved the Oscar for his performance...
MoonOwl More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining movie that sticks very closely to the book but with a happier ending. Would recommend.
Major81 More than 1 year ago
Jeff Bridges gives my favorite performance of his ever in this movie. He becomes "Bad Blake." I've already told my wife that Maggie Gyllenhall is my first choice for stepmother to our children should something ever happen to her.:) Gyllenhall's performance was certainly Oscar-worthy as well. T-Bone Burnett is the genius of our time in putting together soundtracks of "roots music" for movies (see "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"). Having Robert Duvall, the star of my absolute favorite movie of all time, in the cast in a small but crucial role just puts the cherry on top of thie fantastic movie.
Moviebuff1984 More than 1 year ago
This movie is at it's heart a romance movie. GUYS don't run away!!! This also has plenty of comedy. It's subtle but very belivable and clever with moments that openly make you chuckle. If you're a country music fan or a music fan period buy it. If you still have doubts watch the previews. If you like them then save the rental fee and just buy it
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