History Film / TenderMercies

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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: Sue Ann, determined to rebel against her mother. First she looks up her father against Dixie's wishes, then she does worse by getting married.

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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: BrattyTeenageDaughter: Sue Ann, determined to rebel against her mother. First she looks up her father against Dixie's wishes, then she does worse by getting married.
12th Jun '17 11:27:41 AM jamespolk
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* RomancingTheWidow: Rosa Lee's husband was killed in Vietnam in 1971. Little Sonny never knew his father.

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* RomancingTheWidow: Rosa Lee's husband was killed in Vietnam in 1971. Little Sonny never 1971.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: In the back story, Rosa Lee's husband Carl got drafted and sent off to Vietnam before she even
knew his father.she was pregnant; he was killed there.
12th Jun '17 11:21:50 AM jamespolk
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* BittersweetEnding: Sue Ann dies tragically and senselessly when her drunk husband crashes their car. But Mac has found new happiness with Rosa Lee and Sonny, and he may even be starting his music career again.
12th Jun '17 9:17:35 AM jamespolk
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Rosa Lee (Tess Harper) is a widow who keeps a lonely Texas motel and gas station along with her young son, Sonny. One night an alcoholic drifter named Mac (Duvall) winds up unable to pay for his room after his traveling companion departs in the night. Mac asks if he can perform some work around the motel to pay off his debt, and Rosa Lee agrees. After his debt is paid Mac asks if he can keep working at odd jobs at the motel in return for room and board, and Rosa Lee agrees again.

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Rosa Lee (Tess Harper) is a widow who keeps with a 12-year-old son, Sonny. They keep the Mariposa Motel, a lonely Texas motel and gas station along with her young son, Sonny.out on the desolate prairie. One night an alcoholic drifter named Mac (Duvall) winds up unable to pay for his room after his traveling companion departs in the night. Mac asks if he can perform some work around the motel to pay off his debt, and Rosa Lee agrees. After his debt is paid Mac asks if he can keep working at odd jobs at the motel in return for room and board, and Rosa Lee agrees again.


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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: Sue Ann, determined to rebel against her mother. First she looks up her father against Dixie's wishes, then she does worse by getting married.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: The placement of the motel on empty flatland with absolutely nothing else around it leads to some moodily shot scenes at night.
12th Jun '17 8:37:22 AM jamespolk
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* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: A now-grown Sue Ann asks "Do you recognize me?" when meeting her father again.
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* DrowningMySorrows: Mac falls off the wagon after Dixie rejects his song.

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* DrowningMySorrows: Averted. Mac falls off the wagon goes out and buys a bottle after after Dixie rejects his song.song, but ultimately reveals that he poured it all out on the ground.
12th Jun '17 8:07:58 AM jamespolk
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* DrowningMySorrows: Mac falls off the wagon after Dixie rejects his song.
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* RomancingTheWidow: Rosa Lee's husband was killed in Vietnam in 1971. Little Sonny never knew his father.

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* RomancingTheWidow: Rosa Lee's husband was killed in Vietnam in 1971. Little Sonny never knew his father.father.
* TitleDrop: Rosa Lee says that when she goes to bed she thanks the Lord for all the "tender mercies" that He extends to them.
11th Jun '17 10:59:20 PM jamespolk
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Eventually Mac and Rosa Lee fall in love and get married. It turns out that Mac is actually Mac Sledge, once a very famous and successful country music star, whose career was destroyed by his alcoholism. Mac has an ex-wife, Dixie, who is also a country music star, and a daughter by Dixie, 18-year-old Sue Ann (Creator/EllenBarkin). Will Mac conquer his demons and live a happy life with his new wife and stepson?

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Eventually Mac and Rosa Lee fall in love and get married. It turns out that Mac is actually Mac Sledge, once a very famous and successful country music star, whose career was destroyed by his alcoholism. Mac has an ex-wife, Dixie, Dixie Lee, who is also a country music star, and a daughter by Dixie, 18-year-old Sue Ann (Creator/EllenBarkin). Will Mac conquer his demons and live a happy life with his new wife and stepson?
stepson?

Creator/WilfordBrimley appears as Harry, Dixie Lee's manager.
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