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Sweet Dreams [DVD] [1985]

Release Date:06/22/1999
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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    Special Features

    • Cast bios
    • Scene selections
    • Subtitles
    • Original theatrical trailers


    Sweet Dreams
    Patsy Cline was one of the first great female stars of country music, and her best-known hits (such as "Sweet Dreams" and "Walking After Midnight") not only broadened the audience for country but brought a new sophistication to the Nashville sound. Cline was at the peak of her popularity when she died in a plane crash in 1963, and Sweet Dreams is a biopic which examines her life and career, with a particular focus on her troubled relationship with her second husband, Charlie Dick. Cline (played by Jessica Lange) is unhappily married and playing small-time gigs in West Virginia when she meets Dick (Ed Harris), whose charm and aggressive self-confidence catch her attention. In time, Cline leaves her husband to marry Dick, and she gives up music to focus on raising their children. But after Dick goes into the Army, Cline begins singing again, and after joining forces with manager Randy Hughes (David Clennon), Cline becomes a rising star on the country music scene. However, Cline's success fuels her self-confidence, much to Dick's annoyance, and he becomes increasingly abusive (both physically and emotionally) as she attempts to assert her independence. Rather than attempt to re-create Patsy Cline's vocals, Jessica Lange instead opted to lip-synch with Cline's original recordings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Jessica Lange
      Jessica Lange - Patsy Cline
    • Ed Harris
      Ed Harris - Charlie Dick
    • Ann Wedgeworth
      Ann Wedgeworth - Hilda Hensley
    • David Clennon
      David Clennon - Randy Hughes
    • James Staley
      James Staley - Gerald Cline

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