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Sweet Dreams (1985)

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writer:

Robert Getchell
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Terri Gardner Terri Gardner ... Old Singer
Caitlin Kelch Caitlin Kelch ... Sylvia
Robert L. Dasch Robert L. Dasch ... John
Courtney Parker Courtney Parker ... Older Julie
Coulton Edwards Coulton Edwards ... Baby Randy
Holly Filler Holly Filler ... Madrine
Bruce Kirby ... Arthur Godfrey
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Storyline

Patsy Cline was the first female solo artist to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty-two years after her untimely death in a plane crash in Tennessee, her "Greatest Hits" album sold over six million copies. Loved by her fans today as much - if not more - than she was at the height of her fame, the life, the loves and most of all the voice of Patsy Cline is legendary. This film tells the story of the passionate, fun-loving, soft-spoken, loud-living life of one of country music's - and one of popular music's - greatest singing stars. This film covers the years 1956 through 1963, from her rise to fame and the top of the charts through TB talent shows and country bars - through her turbulent marriage to Charlie Dick and the demands of touring which would lead to the fatal plane crash. Written by HBO Home Video

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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dulces sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

Hagerstown, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,161,284, 14 October 1985

Gross USA:

$9,085,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,085,049
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was originally to be titled "I Fall to Pieces" after Cline's biggest hit before being changed to Sweet Dreams. See more »

Goofs

The actor who portrays Arthur Godfrey, famous for his red hair, has brown hair. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Hensley: Well, good morning.
Patsy Cline: Says who?
Hilda Hensley: Oh, for heavens sake girl, sit up and take nourishment. Charlie'll have his first leave in three weeks and you walk around with your lower lip draggin' the floor in front of you. You big bawl baby. I oughta fix you a sugar tit.
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Soundtracks

Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Written by Lester Flatt
Published by Peer International Corp.
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sweet and not sour
20 April 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In one of filmdom's many biopics, Jessica Lange sinks her teeth into the role of country singer Patsy Cline. We see her go from a bored housewife to a national phenomenon over the period of a few short years before tragically getting killed in a plane crash in 1963 (although the movie focuses more on her personal life than on her career). Not surprisingly, Lange plays the role perfectly. Equally good is Ed Harris as Cline's philandering husband Charlie Dick. "Sweet Dreams" is a movie that has something for everyone. Maybe we wonder how many biopics there can be, but that would miss the point. The point is to understand these people's personal struggles and all. And this movie does a very good job showing that. I wonder whether country music biopics will see a resurgence, now that "Walk the Line" has made a splash.


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