Sunday, November 14, 2010

From 'Coal Miner's Daughter' to 'Country Strong:' a history of country music films

The country music film has been around since at least 1964.

Robert Altman's "Nashville" came out in 1975 but it took the 1980 picture "Coal Miner's Daughter" to attract a large, mainstream audience and create the model for the modern country music film.

Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a post-rehab Music City singer in "Country Strong," due out nationwide in early 2011.

It's similar to roles played by Clint Eastwood, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges and, well, Sylvester Stallone.

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