CRAZY HEART

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 30, 2013

“Crazy Heart” is a one of a kind drama, presenting Jeff Bridges in his best role to date as fading country star Bad Blake. Blake is an alcoholic who has been married four times and is on the road again at the 57-years-old. Once a huge star in the country scene, he’s now playing tiny bars and bowling alleys while his protege Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell) is raking in the money and the fans. It’s on the road that Blake meets aspiring music journalist Jean Craddock, played expertly by Maggie Gyllenhaal, in one of the first roles I ‘ve ever liked her in. Starting up a relationship with the much older singer-songwriter, their newfound relationship is put to the test by Blake’s drinking. The chemistry between Bridges and Gyllenhaal is undeniable and carries this film much further than expected. Worthy of his Academy Award, Bridges dominates every scene he encounters and becomes this country legend, as he sings the songs and comes off completely authentic in the role. The music in the film, as well, is award-worthy. Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett are involved with writing and producing most of the music, including the Oscar-winning “The Weary Kind.” The song progresses throughout the film and concludes with the recorded theme by Bingham in the credits, leaving the viewer completely satisfied. The emotions in “Crazy Heart” are deeply rooted and engulf the audience from start to finish, delivering a film that every music lover, whether a country music aficionado or not, can grab hold of.

RELEASE DATE
December 16, 2009

DIRECTOR
Scott Cooper

WRITTEN BY
Scott Cooper

BASED ON
“Crazy Heart”
by Thomas Cobb

STUDIO
Fox Searchlight Pictures

R
(for language and brief sexuality)

DRAMA
MUSIC
ROMANCE

112 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Barry Markowitz

COMPOSER
Stephen Bruton
T Bone Burnett
Ryan Bingham

EDITOR
John Axelrad

CAST
Jeff Bridges
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Colin Farrell
Robert Duvall
Beth Grant
Ryan Bingham
Tom Bower

PRODUCED BY
Robert Duvall
Rob Carliner
Judy Cairo
T Bone Burnett
Scott Cooper

BUDGET
$7 million

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