TENDER MERCIES
1983, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Bruce Beresford

In another Horton Foote-Robert Duvall collaboration, Duvall (in an Oscar-winning performance) plays a fallen-from-grace Texas country singer who gets a second chance at life with an attractive widow (Tess Harper) and her son. A purely character-driven collection of episodes rather than a conventional story, TENDER MERCIES represents Foote at his observational best, with expert direction by Bruce Beresford and fine performances by Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin and Wilford Brimley.


TOMORROW
1972, Castle Hill Productions, 103 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Anthony

Robert Duvall stars as a Mississippi farmer who, despite his own independent disposition, falls in love with a pregnant woman who has been abandoned by her husband. Based on a story by William Faulkner, this drama was adapted by Horton Foote (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) from his play and is understated, touching and romantic.


BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL
1965, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Robert Mulligan

The TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD team of director Robert Mulligan, producer Alan Pakula and writer Horton Foote reunite for this underrated drama set in rural Texas. In a role that plays as if it hit close to home, Steve McQueen is a troubled singer (whose band includes Glen Campbell) recently released from prison. If only for their daughter’s sake, wife Lee Remick hopes to keep him on the straight and narrow - but deputy sheriff Don Murray is there just in case she can’t.


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