Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Karel Reisz|
|Produced by||Bernard Schwartz|
|Written by||Robert Getchell|
|Music by||Charles Gross|
|Edited by||Malcolm Cooke|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
The film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress (Jessica Lange). For all the musical sequences, Lange lip-synced to the original Patsy Cline recordings. The soundtrack of the same name was released in September 1985.
Patsy Cline (Jessica Lange) is unhappily married and playing small-time gigs in the tri-state area consisting of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland when she meets Charlie Dick (Ed Harris), whose charm and aggressive self-confidence catch her attention. Patsy is married but is planning to divorce. After her divorce, Patsy and Charlie marry, and she is free to pursue music, and, later, focus on raising their children. After Charlie gets drafted into the U.S. Army, Patsy focuses on singing more, and after joining forces with manager Randy Hughes, Patsy becomes a rising star on the country music scene.
However, Patsy's success fuels her self-confidence, much to Charlie's annoyance, and he becomes increasingly physically and emotionally abusive as Patsy attempts to assert her independence. Patsy was at the peak of her popularity as one of the first great female stars of country music when she died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, at the age of 30.
- Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline
- Ed Harris as Charlie Dick, Patsy's husband
- Ann Wedgeworth as Hilda Patterson Hensley, Patsy's mother
- David Clennon as Randy Hughes, Patsy's manager and pilot of the ill-fated aircraft in which Patsy was killed
- James Staley as Gerald Cline, Patsy's first husband
- Gary Basaraba as Woodhouse
- John Goodman as Otis
- P. J. Soles as Wanda
- Jerry Haynes as legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley
- Dennis Saylor as an uncredited extra
- Boxcar Willie as a man in jail with Charlie
Noted film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars, writing:
There isn't the sense of a well-shaped structure in this movie; there's no clear idea of what the filmmakers thought about Patsy Cline, or what thoughts her life is supposed to inspire.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
As of December 2018, the film holds a rating of 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 20 reviews.
Awards and nominations
|Academy Awards||Best Actress||Jessica Lange||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Ann Wedgeworth||Nominated|