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.
Sweet Dreams is a 1985 American biographical film which tells the story of country music singer Patsy Cline. The film was written by Robert Getchell and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon, James Staley, Gary Basaraba and John Goodman.
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.
About the Story
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 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.
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Starring: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon, James Staley, Gary Basaraba, Terri Gardner, Caitlin Kelch
Screenplay by: Robert Getchell
Production Design by: Albert Brenner
Cinematography by: Robbie Greenberg
Film Editing by: Malcolm Cooke
Costume Design by: Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: Ginger Grimes, Garrett Lewis
Art Direction by:David M. Haber
Music by: Charles Gross
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: October 4, 1985