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Monday, December 14, 2009

CRAZY HEART

By D.E.Levine

Director: Scott Cooper
Writer: Scott Cooper (screenplay); Thomas Cobo (novel)
Producers: T-Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper and Robert Duvall
Executive Producers: Eric Brenner, Jeff Bridges and Michael A. Simpson
Line Producer: Alton Walpole
Cast: Jeff Bridges, James Keane, Anna Felix, Paul Herman, Tom Bower, Ryan Bingham, Beth Grant, Rick Dial, Maggier Gyllenhaal, Debrianna Mansini, Jerry Handy, Jack Nation, Ryll Adamson, J.Michael Oliva, David Manzanares, Chad Brummett, Jose Marquez, LeAnne Lynch, William Marquez, Robert Duvall, Richard W. Gallegos, Brian Gleason, Harry Zinn, Josh Berry, William Sterchi, Colin Farrell, Chris Bentley, Chad DeGroot
Original Music: Stephen Bruton and T-Bone Pickett
Running Time: 112 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Musical

Not originally scheduled for release until March 2010, Fox Searchlight's decision to release "Crazy Heart" in December 2009 makes it and its cast contenders in the awards race.

The tale of an aging alcoholic country musician (Bad Blake) on a downward spiral who manages to turn his life and career around after numerous failed attempts, the film gives Jeff Bridges the opportunity to turn in a stellar performance which stands out because the film is so unremarkable.

The cinematography of stunning New Mexico vistas is breathtaking. As a background setting for the film, it enhances the performance turned in by Bridges. As a musician he delivers a real performance of playing and singing himself and in duets with Colin Farrell.

His performance is sensitive and sincere, as is the chemistry in the relationship between his character and that of Maggie Gyllenhaal, a much younger love interest playing a wannabee reporter with a 4-year old child.

"Crazy Heart" is a story of redemption - redemption of both a man and a career. Already the trade papers are saying that Bridges deserves an Oscar. There were a lot of good performances this year, so we'll have to wait to see whether he'll get one.