Cinema: Heart of Texas

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Directed by Bruce Beresford

Screenplay by Horton Foote

"Hey, mister," asks the fat lady on the in dusty Texas sidewalk, "were you really Mac Sledge?" Mac (Robert Duvall) squints and says, "Yes, I guess I was." A successful country songwriter is what he was, and the husband of a high-octane singer named Dixie (Betty Buckley), till a nasty temper and too much liquor drove him out of Dixie's limelight. Now he is trying to find a modest parcel of dignity for himself, his new wife Rosa Lee (Tess Harper) and her boy...

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