Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

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Director: Karel Reisz

Cast: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth

     
 

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Karel Reisz' biopic of country singing legend Patsy Cline comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Extra features include cast biographies and the original theatrical trailer. Sadly, it appears that little thought or care went into this DVD… See more details below

Overview

Karel Reisz' biopic of country singing legend Patsy Cline comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Extra features include cast biographies and the original theatrical trailer. Sadly, it appears that little thought or care went into this DVD. One would be right to hope for footage of the real Patsy Cline in the supplemental materials. On the plus side, the strong leading performances by Jessica Lange and Ed Harris do not suffer when transferred to the small screen.

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All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Produced by HBO, the 1985 Patsy Cline biopic Sweet Dreams plays like a really good TV movie. Mediocre production values and the narrow focus on her relationship with husband Charlie Dick (Ed Harris) makes a soap opera out of a country music legend. While it's a wise approach to show how her turbulent marriage paralleled her crossover to Countrypolitan ballads, the melodrama tends to overshadow the celebrity story by relegating her rise to stardom to the background. Due to the historically dubious concerts at carnivals and fairgrounds, it appears as though she wasn't as big a star as she actually was. Thankfully Jessica Lange gives it her all by creating a cheerful and spirited Cline who survives hardships with a good-natured Southern attitude. While her career is spotted with factual errors, at least her clothes are accurate: Nudie suit-dresses and cowgirl outfits during the late '50s for her early honky tonk songs, and gold lamé and pointy bras for the Nashville sound of the early '60s. By choosing to lip-sync to the actual recordings, Lange puts on excellent performances to some of Cline's biggest hits. Despite the subtle smoothing over of some major life events, her tragic death is unfortunately handled as blatantly as possible. While it probably won't please serious fans, Sweet Dreams is a pleasant enough picture of the country star until a more personal and touching portrait comes along.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
UPC:
0026359366628
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
4,090

Special Features

Cast bios; Scene selections; Subtitles; Original theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Lange Patsy Cline
Ed Harris Charlie Dick
Ann Wedgeworth Hilda Hensley
David Clennon Randy Hughes
James Staley Gerald Cline
Gary Basaraba Woodhouse
John Goodman Otis
P.J. Soles Wanda
Caitlin Kelch Sylvia Hensley
Terri Gardner Old Singer
Patricia Allison Surgery Nurse
Greg Brickman Actor
Walter Caton Fiddle in Krackers Band
Irv Cox Studio Musician
Paul W. Crisman Opry Singer
Colton Edwards Baby Randy
Peter Robert Grant Studio Musician
Jimmy Mack Hodge Steel Guitar in Krackers Band
Johnnie Ray Jones Guitar in Opry Band
Richard Kidney TV Technician
Bruno Kirby Arthur Godfrey
Frank Knapp Hawkshaw Hawkins
Fred LaBour Opry Singer
William Landers Studio Musician
Harry Madsen Actor
Jim Norman Studio Musician
Aleda Pope Girl Friend at Fair
Herb Schneider Actor
John M. Smarr Accoustic Guitar in Patsy's Band
Fred Paul Tenley Electric Guitar in Krackers Band
Jimmy Vann Studio Musician
Charles Walker Cowboy Copas
Robert L. Dasch John Hensley
Courtney Parker Older Julie
Holly Filler Madrine
Jerry Haynes Owen Bradley
Kenneth White Big Bill Shakey
Stoney Jackson Announcer at Grand Ol' Opry
Jake T. Robinson Biker
Boxcar Willie Old Man in Jail
Tony Frank Bartender
Jack Slater Recording Engineer
Missy Proulx Girl Friend at Fair
Carlton Cuse Sergeant
John E. Davis Skip Cartmill
John Walter Davis Stone
Toni Sawyer Baby Nurse
Robert Rothwell Plastic Surgeon
William D. Byrd Bass in Patsy's Band
Fred K. Young Drums in Patsy's Band
Curtis Young Singer, Guitar in Patsy's Band
Michael David Black Singer/Guitar [Patsy's Band]
Don Warden Steel Guitar in Opry Band
Timothy N. Tappen Piano in Opry Band
William Edward Taylor Guitar in Opry Band
Douglas B. Green Opry Singer
Gary W. Pigg Opry Singer
James Bartley Young Acoustic Guitar in Krackers Band
Odie Palmer Electric Guitar in Krackers Band
Dennis Donaldson Piano in Krackers Band

Technical Credits
Karel Reisz Director
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Greg Brickman Stunts
Rodney M. Byrd Special Effects
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Patrick Crowley Asst. Director
Burt Dalton Special Effects
David H. Franzoni Screenwriter
Robert Getchell Screenwriter
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Charles Gross Score Composer
David M. Haber Art Director
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Harry Madsen Stunts
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer,Production Manager
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Schneider Stunts
Bernard Schwartz Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. San Antonio Rose [9:34]
2. Rainbow Road [10:47]
3. "Just Feels So Good!" [8:26]
4. Walking After Midnight [8:40]
5. Drafted [5:16]
6. Moving Around 1958 [9:02]
7. It's a Girl! [7:08]
8. Return to Rainbow Road [5:02]
9. Randy Hugh [7:35]
10. Crash! [10:05]
11. Surprise [5:49]
12. Demo Derby [6:56]
13. The World on Their Shoulders [6:59]
14. Sweet Dreams [13:29]

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