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Country Strong (2010)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 9,720 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 7 January 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 117 min
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Country Strong (2010)

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  • IMDb page: Country Strong (2010)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 9,720 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 7 January 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Filming Location: USA
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $20,218,921(USA)(13 February 2011)
  • Director: Shana Feste
  • Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Michael Brook   
  • Soundtrack: Thirsty
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Songwriter | Country Music | Bare Chested Male | Singing | Blonde

Writing Credits By:

  • Shana Feste (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Much of Beau Hutton’s appearance is modeled after Texan singer-songwriter, Hayes Carll, who wrote several of the songs performed by the character in the movie.
  • Garrett Hedlund auditioned at a karaoke bar in Koreantown singing a Pearl Jam song. According to director Shana Feste, “It really wasn’t the best showcase ever of his voice, but Garrett went to school for us. Literally, he took four months off and started learning how to play the guitar, took voice lessons, went to Nashville early, started working with Nathan Chapman, a record producer in Nashville who produces Miranda Lambert. I mean, he became a country singer.”
  • Hedlund heeded Tim McGraw’s advice to “live and breathe country music” and to approach the role from the perspective of a singer trying to make it in the business, not an actor tackling a role, so he stayed in a cabin on McGraw’s ranch where he had guitar rehearsals.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Keeping Pace”.
  • Tim McGraw, a highly successful country musician, does not sing or perform in the film. The rest of the main cast are the opposite.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow stated in an interview for “Chelsea Lately” (2007) that she considered challenging to portray the character of Kelly Canter and to prepare for the role she emailed Robert Downey Jr. (who’s been sober for a very long time) seeking for help for her to understand the process of addiction and rehabilitation, and he wrote her back with “the most amazing email” which really helped her.

Goofs: Factual errors: After the third show which was in Dallas, someone announced that "The Chronicle" was there. The Chronicle is the Austin entertainment guide; not Dallas.

Plot: A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way fame, causing romantic complications along the way. Full summary »  »

Story: A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: WARNING! The Synopsis may contain Spoilers!

Best Line: Fame and love cant live in the same place.

Country Strong is a very well written and well acted movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow as the aging Kelly Canter; a country western star with a past, Tim McGraw as her husband/manager James Canter; Garrett Hedlund as Beau Hutton a young country western singer working part time at clubs and part time at a rehab center; and Leighton Meester as Chiles Stanton a Beauty Queen want-to-be country western star.

Country Strong is a movie that takes a look at things most of us dont want to even acknowledge, addiction. The writer, Shana Feste does a very good job; shes either been there or knows someone close to her whos gone through it because shes captured very, very well small nuisances that most of us would not even see. Most times you see a movie and it shows one side or the other, but Country Strong shows that pain of the disease comes to both user and care giver; in this case, the talent, Kelly; and her husband/manager, James trying to save her career or at least to let her go out gracefully, but more towards keeping her on the stage and bringing in the money. What got her into rehab was being drunk at her concert, being pregnant, and tripping over a cord and falling ten feet losing the baby.

We meet Kelly and Beau playing with song lyrics in the first scene at the rehab, after we get a performance by Garrett Hedlund singing. They are interrupted by Kellys husband, James, who is there to take Kelly out of rehab early and get her back working. This happens too often; usually the drinker convinces the care giver that they are fine now; the care giver wants to believe it, and even though it shouldnt happenthe addict leaves early with still no skills at dealing with the bumps in life.

Then we meet Chiles Stanton getting ready to sing at a club to become Kellys opening act, even though Kelly wants Beau to open for her. Beau is offended to hear this Beauty Queen is singing at the famous club he sings at, feels she hasnt earned the right, isnt good enough, doesnt fit the mold after all, Patsy Cline had sung there. Really the situation represents her being there at all, that anyone is auditioning to be Kellys opening act because he believes she should stay in treatment and the last thing she should be doing is going back out on tour. Beau feeds Chiles some snide remarks, reminding her that she usually chokes when she tries to sing anyway. His prediction does indeed happen. After a few attempts of trying and freezing up he cant just let her go down like that so he starts a duet with her to get her started, whatever else Beau is, if he sees a solution his compassion kicks in and he has to help.

James sees this as an opportunity to get someone on the road with them that will help with Chiles and with Kelly so he agrees to have Beau tour with them.

Kelly is a typical fragile drunk out of rehab, she needed more time there; she has no skills, she still sees the world a bit skewed and she has no coping skills. Armed with nothing she attempts to return to the business that demands everything of her. She still has the alcoholics dramatic way of seeing what they want to see, not asking what is true or correct, but just taking that feeling and running with it. First concert: shes doing pretty good, then she stumbles onto an innocent conversation between James and Chiles about her wardrobe not clashing with Kellys and all Kelly sees is that James is interested in Chiles. Then a delivery man shows up with gifts from sponsors and special fans (screened) but somehow a box slips through and it has a doll with blood all over it Xed out eyes and the word Baby killer. That was more than she could stand so she did the only familiar thing, she fortified herself with a bottle of vodka.

We get to see the care giver side a little. James has picked Kelly up early, she demands that Beau open for her. They are in bed and she asks him how talented she is, she needs to hear that he still sees her the same. She apologizes for Dallas (meaning losing the baby) and says that they should talk about it. Something she learned while in rehab, owning up up to what we did and facing what the other person has to say. Then she makes a romantic gesture and he announces he has just taken an Ambein and hell see her in eight hours. So at the concert she believes shes seen James in a clandestine situation and now she has gotten the doll; without enough rehab under her belt she returns to the only thing she knows works. Now it is up to James to get her out of the closet and on the stage. He gets her to let him in and he sits next to her trying to reason with her that there are sick people who will never forget and that she needs to prove them wrong and get out there and show them that she is not that person anymore. He begins to lose patience and tries to pull her from the closet and without thinking she slaps him. Now the oh so familiar alcoholic behavior, apologies, Ill do anything you want, please, Im sorry, please like me like I used to be. The caregiver now has the upper hand, he can get her to do whatever he wants. He gets her on stage, but she is drunk, the singing lasts only a short time then she starts blathering, forgetting where she is and what is expected of her. She tries one time to sing but ends up crying and has to be escorted off the stage.

James becomes angry with Beau demanding to know where he was when she got the vodka. Beau replies, I was on stage! James becomes angry proclaiming that Beau should have some tricks up his sleeve to keep from doing this. Beau replies, Yeah, dont take her out of rehab before the rehab!

The next tour stop is Austin, everyone worries if Kelly can hold it together for that performance. Kelly is trying desperately to have James the way they used to be. She remembers the way they used to be and wants him to see her the same way again. James feels like he lives with two different women, one is the one he fell in love with and the one he has no idea what shell do next. He seen her lose their baby, slap him, and fall apart on stage. Hes running out of excuses for her.

Kelly sober and trying to rebound again, tries to see the world good again and decides Beau should see a recording studio because she feels certain he will be recording after this tour because it is natural for him, he doesnt care for who, he just loves writing and singing. When they arrive at the recording studio, Chiles is recording the song that she wanted to close her Dallas show with and record for herself. Since James is her manager she sees him as a conspirator and back stabber, so shes off and running again, though everyone thinks she went back to the trailer.

James and Beau have an interesting conversation about what kind of man Beau thinks James must be. James admits he has no idea when she became so fragile, that she used be so strong, and that all she wanted was to be on stage. That he has no idea what to do with this new Kelly. Beau tells James that they should turn the bus around and put her back in rehab. James says he just cant let her go out like that; that at one time she had such a fire inside her and hopes that she can get that back. That James was her sponsor, he must have seen it, Beau admits that they both know he wasnt her sponsor, and James decks him.

The Austin Show is doomed from the start. Believing that she is in the trailer, no one seems concerned until it gets close to show time and no one knows where she is; Beau figuring he can find the crap kind of bar shed end up in and he does find her. She is however completely smashed. He has Chiles bring a taxi down so that they can get her back, Kelly tells Chiles that Beau is a good guy. They unfortunately come in a door where the promoter sees her condition; Thats it were done.

James again feels slapped in the face by that other Kelly. He just walks away. From the first botched concert her public relations outfit puts together good publicity by having her make an appearance for the Make a Wish Foundation where she would visit a little boy with leukemia. After the botched 2nd concert James tells her it has been cancelled. Kelly visits the promoter and gets the Dallas concert back. James is not really happy about this at all, but does his job.

Kelly visits the school and a little boy named Travis who has leukemia and sings a song she makes up on the spot about him. Then she dances with him and gets the whole class to dance. James comes and dances with Kelly which surprises her and she loves it. To her it is just like when they were young and loved each other. After a few minutes James looks at her, stops dancing and walks down the hall and sits on a bench crying. This is the woman he loves, but how long will she be this woman, in his mind he sees her vomiting, slapping him, sleeping with other men, their lost baby, and he realizes he has to keep her at arms length because she has the power to hurt him so much, it is not easier to be her manager, she makes him look bad all the time, but as a wife and love, she could destroy him.

When he pulls away, Kelly realizes that they will never have any other kind of relationship and, I believe it is then that she decides what she will do.

Like I said, two people, a drinker and their care giver, share such a volatile relationship, the drinker needs to stop drinking and examine their drinking life. The caregiver has to decide for themselves whether they can risk whether they can take anymore. Alcohol is a legal drug, but it ruins more families, loses more jobs, kills more people, cuts production at the workplace more than all the other drugs combined.

Her last show is very good.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • George Flynn known as associate producer
  • Tobey Maguire known as producer
  • Valerie Bleth Sharp known as line producer: additional photography
  • Jenno Topping known as producer
  • Meredith Zamsky known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow known as Kelly Canter
  • Tim McGraw known as James Canter
  • Garrett Hedlund known as Beau Hutton
  • Leighton Meester known as Chiles Stanton
  • Marshall Chapman known as Winnie
  • Lari White known as Hair Stylist
  • Jeremy Childs known as JJ
  • J.D. Parker known as Joe
  • Lisa Stewart known as Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
  • Jackie Welch known as Teacher
  • Cinda McCain known as Misty
  • Gabe Sipos known as Travis
  • Sandra Harris known as Orderly
  • Megan Henderson known as Megan Henderson
  • Dan Beene known as Bob
  • Keitrick Clark known as Security
  • Reegus Flenory known as Security Guard
  • Terri Minton known as James's Assistant
  • Ed Bruce known as Clint
  • Darrin Dickerson known as Tex
  • Alana Grace known as Ginny
  • Katie Groshong known as Richard's Assistant
  • Candace Michelle Coffee known as Denise
  • Katie Cook known as Gossip Show Host
  • Adam Skaggs known as PA #1
  • Travis Nicholson known as PA #2
  • Denitia Odigie known as PR Girl in Classroom
  • Jeffrey Buckner Ford known as Richard
  • Jeri Sager known as Stylist
  • Kirt Lehew known as Biker (as Kirt Lahew)
  • Ranjit Bhullar known as Doctor
  • Tina White known as Interviewee
  • Brett Warren known as Jesse Clark
  • Olivia Haley known as Fan
  • Jim Melton known as Fan
  • Holly Watson known as Interviewer
  • Brad Schmitt known as Interviewer
  • Andy Cordan known as Interviewer
  • Cory Younts known as Beau's Bandmate
  • Skylar Wilson known as Beau's Bandmate
  • Josh Graham known as Beau's Bandmate
  • Chris Scruggs known as Beau's Bandmate
  • Loney Hutchins known as Beau's Bandmate
  • Ian Fitchuk known as Beau's Bandmate
  • Bucky Baxter known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • John Bohlinger known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • Neal Casal known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • Chris Clark known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • Jim Lauderdale known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • Doug Frasure known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • Amanda Shires known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • John Deaderick known as Kelly's Bandmate
  • Johnny Gates known as Chiles' Bandmate
  • Jamie Jarbeau known as Chiles' Bandmate
  • Matt Scanlon known as Chiles' Bandmate
  • Michael Ollin Lotten known as Chiles' Bandmate
  • Smith Curry known as Chiles' Bandmate
  • Kristin Wilkinson known as String Quartet Member
  • David Angeli known as String Quartet Member
  • Gregory Martin known as String Quartet Member
  • Sara Reist known as String Quartet Member
  • James Hamlet known as Honky Tonk Band Member
  • Steve Hinson known as Honky Tonk Band Member
  • Fred Eltringham known as Studio Band Member
  • Gary Nicholson known as Studio Band Member
  • Beau Stapleton known as Studio Band Member
  • Danny Flowers known as Studio Band Member
  • Nancy Amons known as Reporter
  • Jim Taylor known as Reporter
  • Jonathan Martin known as Reporter
  • Katrina Smith known as Reporter (as Katrina Hagger Smith)
  • Nick Beres known as Reporter
  • Kelly Sutton known as Reporter
  • Shane Tallant known as Reporter
  • Christine Maddela known as Reporter
  • Stephanie Langston known as Reporter (as Stephanie Langston)
  • Stephen Blank known as Bar Patron
  • Sarah Beth Hayter known as Backstage Dallas Fan
  • Jeff Ailshie known as Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Marc Allen known as Paparazzo (uncredited)
  • Robert Lee Bell known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Bull Jr. known as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Rodney Burlin known as Austin Fan / Houston Fan / Dallas Fan (uncredited)
  • Harry P. Castros known as Dallas Fan / Music Manager / Kelly's Security Escort (uncredited)
  • Chelsey Corbett known as Dallas Fan (uncredited)
  • Brenton Cox known as News Cameraman / Houston Fan (uncredited)
  • Asia Craft known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Patrick Cranford known as Venue Worker (uncredited)
  • Cris Cunningham known as Kelly's Friend (uncredited)
  • Gary Douglas known as Press Photographer (uncredited)
  • Preston Douglas known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Adam Drake known as Security Officer (uncredited)
  • Roger D. Eldridge known as Dallas Fan (uncredited)
  • Donald Farmer known as Usher (uncredited)
  • John Ferguson known as Production Assistant (uncredited)
  • Brian Gall known as The Stage Security (uncredited)
  • Brandon Garrett known as P.A. #3 (uncredited)
  • Terry Gragg known as Fan (uncredited)
  • Jill Headrick known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Trevor Hillsbery known as Back stage friend (uncredited)
  • Denise Johnson known as Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
  • Joshua James Johnson known as Roadie (uncredited)
  • Wendy Keeling known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Leo Kling known as Kelly's Friend (uncredited)
  • Tracy Lockridge known as Rehab Counselor (uncredited)
  • Marley Mathis known as Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Erin Naifeh known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Steven Daniel Neely known as Security Officer (uncredited)
  • Melissa Nyenhuis known as News reporter scene / Fan / Dinner scene (uncredited)
  • Jim O'Rear known as Roadie (uncredited)
  • Scott V. Palmer known as Stage Manager (uncredited)
  • Ethan Patterson known as Bartender – The Stage (uncredited)
  • Kayla Perkins known as Houston Fan (uncredited)
  • April Rodell known as Pretty girl (uncredited)
  • Garth Shaw known as Dallas Fan (uncredited)
  • Bear Sheeley known as Backstage Partier (uncredited)
  • Rebecca Silver known as Herself (uncredited)
  • Ronda Smalling known as Dallas fan (uncredited)
  • Scott Steward known as Roadie (uncredited)
  • Sean Symons known as Paparazzo (uncredited)
  • Myron Todd known as Dallas Fan (uncredited)
  • Jerry L. Wallace known as Dallas Fan (uncredited)
  • Erik A. Williams known as Busboy (uncredited)
  • Steven J. Wilson known as Family Friend (uncredited)
  • Woody Woodruff known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Chris Woodson known as Security (uncredited)
  • Danica Wozniak known as Extra (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Jennifer Albada known as makeup artist
  • Gloria Belz known as makeup artist
  • Linda Boykin-Williams known as key makeup artist
  • Chris Clark known as key hair stylist
  • Carol F. Doran known as wig maker
  • Jorjee Douglas known as makeup artist: Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Melinda Dunn known as assistant hair stylist
  • Sandy Jo Johnston known as assistant makeup artist
  • Sherri Berman Laurence known as makeup department head
  • Elizabeth Martinelli known as hair department head
  • Elizabeth Martinelli known as hair stylist: Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Amanda Miller known as wigmaker
  • Jami Ross known as makeup artist
  • Beka Wilson known as hair stylist
  • Joani Yarbrough known as hair stylist: Tim McGraw

Art Department:

  • Sheila Bartlett known as on-set scenic artist
  • Brooke Bernard known as art department coordinator
  • David Hale known as construction coordinator
  • Dave Kennedy known as set dresser
  • Joie Todd Kerns known as set dresser
  • Bart Mangrum known as on-set dresser
  • Deborah Norris Jensen known as art pa (as Deborah Norris)
  • Sean Preston known as props
  • Cynthia Wynn known as prop master




Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Maguire Entertainment (as Maguire Pictures)
  • TVM

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  post-production sound services
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy security services
  • Madison Gate Records  CD cast album
  • Paragon Studios  post-production sound services
  • Picture Mill, The  main titles
  • RCA Records  soundtrack
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sony Music Entertainment  soundtrack (as Sony Music Nashville)
  • Tomkats Catering  catering
  • Wintergreen Logistics  transportation services


  • Screen Gems (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD) (blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as main title sequence
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Andrew G. Cox known as visual effects coordinator
  • James David Hattin known as lead compositor
  • Niki Hillier known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nicholas Lund-Ulrich known as digital compositor
  • Andres Martinez known as visual effects artist
  • Morgan McDermott known as digital compositor
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Rob Price known as digital compositor
  • Marco Recuay known as visual effects supervisor: Scoundrel
  • Doug Spilatro known as visual effects artist
  • Cameron Thomas known as compositor: Scoundrel VFX

Release Date:

  • USA 8 November 2010 (Nashville, Tennessee) (premiere)
  • USA 22 December 2010 (limited)
  • Canada 7 January 2011 (limited)
  • USA 7 January 2011
  • Ireland 25 March 2011
  • UK 25 March 2011
  • Spain 9 April 2011 (Las Palmas Film Festival)
  • Norway 15 April 2011
  • Spain 20 April 2011
  • France 4 May 2011
  • Greece 5 May 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Belgium 25 May 2011
  • Brazil 9 June 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 9 June 2011
  • Italy 10 June 2011
  • Sweden 17 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 24 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 24 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 7 September 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 27 September 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 11 January 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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