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The Dude Goes Country and Gets Some Oscar Buzz

By TK Burton | Industry | November 16, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | November 16, 2009 |

It’s no surprise that Crazy Heart hasn’t been on a lot of people’s radar. First of all, the title sounds like a tween romcom. But I can get past that. However, it’s also about country music.

Hey! Come back. I’m not finished.

It’s produced by the CMT network (Country Music Television).

Goddamnit, I’m still not done! Don’t you walk away from me.

No, seriously. It looks good. How good? Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall and Maggie Gyllenhaal good. That’s a no-shit cast right there — this ain’t no Lifetime movie. Here’s the official synopsis:

Bad Blake (Bridges) is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. Bad also becomes the mentor to a contemporary country star, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), while simultaneously struggling in the rising young crooner’s shadow.

Colin Farrell as a country singer? I say it’s worth seeing for that alone. I feel like Farrell’s been on something of a redemptive track after a couple of real stinkers ruined his credibility. He was absolutely brilliant in In Bruges, one of my favorite films of last year, and this looks to stretch him out quite a bit more. Gyllenhaal has always been a favorite of mine, and Jeff Bridges, well … I’ll watch Jeff Bridges clean his garage at this point. The early buzz has been remarkable, with Bridges even being mentioned as a potential Oscar nominee, and as such, Fox Searchlight is giving the film an early limited release (December 16th) to get it some extra buzz.

To sweeten the deal even more, the music was composed by none other than the legendary T-Bone Burnett who, if you aren’t familiar with him, well … you should rectify that. Like, now (He also worked on the music for The Big Lebowski, if that helps). Anyway, here’s the poster:


Oh, and can we just skip right past the “country music sucks” and “Maggie Gyllenhaal is ugly” comments? No? Bummer.

(h/t to Slashfilm)

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