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Country Strong (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 January 2011 (USA)
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A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way.

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Shana Feste

Writer:

Shana Feste
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kelly Canter
Tim McGraw ... James Canter
Garrett Hedlund ... Beau Hutton
Leighton Meester ... Chiles Stanton
Marshall Chapman ... Winnie
Lari White ... Hair Stylist
Jeremy Childs ... JJ
James DeForest Parker ... Joe (as JD Parker)
Lisa Stewart ... Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Jackie Welch ... Teacher
Cinda McCain ... Misty
Gabe Sipos Gabe Sipos ... Travis
Sandra Harris Sandra Harris ... Orderly
Megan Henderson Megan Henderson ... Megan Henderson
Dan Beene Dan Beene ... Bob
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Storyline

A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,452, 26 December 2010

Gross USA:

$20,218,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,529,194
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Garrett and Tim worked together 6 years prior to Country Strong as 'Father and Son' in Friday Night Lights. See more »

Goofs

When Chiles is with Beau in her hotel room and James knocks on the door, Chiles is seen putting on her red and gray baseball style shirt twice. See more »

Quotes

Beau's Mother: So you're opening for the looney tunes? They need to lock that one up and throw away the key.
Beau Hutton: She's not crazy.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Friends in Low Places
Written by DeWayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee (as Earl Lee)
Produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten
Performed by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester appears courtesy of Time Act Music/Universal Republic Records
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A deep and terrific movie
29 January 2011 | by cwdubSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie today. I cannot understand why it was rated so poorly and it just shows that I am glad I don't listen to the critics. There are so many that don't like it because they compare it to past movies that are somewhat similar. I have seen very few movies like this especially ones that are based on country so I came in very unbiased. Just take the movie for what it is...on it's own...for a great script and story! The acting was sensational. The singing which was done by the actors themselves was fabulously passionate and real. Gwyneth, Garrett, and especially Leighton...WOW! The story line??? Big deal if it is "similar" to others. This movie seemed so very real to what it could actually be like. Gwyneth's acceptance to "be" the character she has to be was remarkable. She had humor...terrific talent and as a woman/wife who's husband had forgotten how to be a husband and partner (no offense Tim...you were great too)...she was passionate and playful yet sad and lost. Once again she showed how wonderful and talented an actress she really is.

Garrett and Leighton played their roles very professionally...very real and we need to see more of them.

I love this movie. It had a profound affect on me being a musician and someone who had felt the "loss of hope" the exact same way Kelly did in this movie.

If the critics hadn't beaten it up so much...this movie would have rocked at the box office! Top marks to all involved. Thank you for doing this!


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