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Patsy Cline was one of the first great female stars of country music, and her best-known hits (such as "Sweet Dreams" and "Walking After Midnight") not only broadened the audience for country but brought a new sophistication to the Nashville sound. Cline was at the peak of her popularity when she died in a plane crash in 1963, and Sweet Dreams is a biopic which examines her life and career, with a particular focus on her troubled relationship with her second husband, Charlie Dick. Cline (played by Jessica Lange) is unhappily married and playing small-time gigs in West Virginia when she meets Dick (Ed Harris), whose charm and aggressive self-confidence catch her attention. In time, Cline leaves her husband to marry Dick, and she gives up music to focus on raising their children. But after Dick goes into the Army, Cline begins singing again, and after joining forces with manager Randy Hughes (David Clennon), Cline becomes a rising star on the country music scene. However, Cline's success fuels her self-confidence, much to Dick's annoyance, and he becomes increasingly abusive (both physically and emotionally) as she attempts to assert her independence. Rather than attempt to re-create Patsy Cline's vocals, Jessica Lange instead opted to lip-synch with Cline's original recordings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 2, 1985


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jessica Lange Best Actress 1985 Nominee


Jessica Lange
as Patsy Cline
Ed Harris
as Charlie Dick
Ann Wedgeworth
as Hilda Hensley
David Clennon
as Randy Hughes
James Staley
as Gerald Cline
Gary Basaraba
as Woodhouse
John Goodman
as Otis
P.J. Soles
as Wanda
Caitlin Kelch
as Sylvia Hensley
Terri Gardner
as Old Singer
Patricia Allison
as Surgery Nurse
Aleda Pope
as Girl Friend at Fair
Bruno Kirby
as Arthur Godfrey
Irv Cox
as Studio Musician
Tony Frank
as Bartender
John Walter Davis
as Stone
Stoney Jackson
as Announcer at Grand Ol' Opry
Kenneth White
as Big Bill Shakey
Jerry Haynes
as Owen Bradley
Charles Walker
as Cowboy Copas
Toni Sawyer
as Baby Nurse
Jimmy Vann
as Studio Musician
Harry Madsen
Dennis Donaldson
as Piano in Krackers Band
Herb Schneider
Odie Palmer
as Electric Guitar in Krackers Band
Carlton Cuse
as Sergeant
Greg Brickman
Courtney Parker
as Older Julie
Walter Caton
as Fiddle in Krackers Band
Missy Proulx
as Girl Friend at Fair
Boxcar Willie
as Old Man in Jail
Robert Rothwell
as Plastic Surgeon
Jack Slater
as Recording Engineer
Colton Edwards
as Baby Randy


Karel Reisz
Bernard Schwartz
Charles B. Mulvehill
Robert Getchell
David H. Franzoni
Robbie Greenberg
Malcolm Cooke
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
David M. Haber
Art Director
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Burt Dalton
Special Effects
Patrick Crowley
First Assistant Director
Harry Madsen
Greg Brickman
Herb Schneider
Charles B. Mulvehill
Production Manager
Dorothy Pearl