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Nashville (1975)



Critic Consensus: Robert Altman captures the bravado and cynicism of the American dream in Nashville, a sprawling epic bursting with vivid performances and an unforgettable soundtrack.

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Released 30 years ago, when the nation was still reeling from the Vietnam War and Watergate, this prophetic all-American mosaic reveals our national obsession with entertainment and politics. A presidential election is underway, and Replacement Party candidate Hal Philip Walker's election team is rounding up some acts for a fundraiser.

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Henry Gibson
as Haven Hamilton
Lily Tomlin
as Linnea Reese
Ned Beatty
as Delbert Reese
Ronee Blakely
as Barbara Jean
Keith Carradine
as Tom Frank
Karen Black
as Connie White
Shelley Duvall
as L.A. Joan
Michael Murphy
as John Triplette
Gwen Welles
as Sueleen Gay
Keenan Wynn
as Mr. Green
Barbara Harris
as Albuquerque
David Arkin
as Norman Chauffeur
Barbara Baxley
as Lady Pearl
Timothy Brown
as Tommy Brown
Scott Glenn
as Pfc. Glenn Kelly
Jeff Goldblum
as Tricycle Man
David Hayward (II)
as Kenny Fraiser
Dave Peel
as Bud Hamilton
James Dan Calvert
as Jimmy Reese
Donna Denton
as Donna Reese
Merle Kilgore
as Trout Bar Owner
Sheila Bailey
as Smokey Mountain Laurel
Patti Bryant
as Smokey Mountain Laurel
Richard Baskin
as Frog Piano Player
Sue Barton
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Nashville

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (14)

Altman's great kaleidoscopic ensemble comedy-drama about a frenzied few days in country music's capital, with an unlikely, quirky, explosive crowd of musicians, hangers-on and politicos all converging on a fateful concert crossroads.

February 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Compared with the carbonated, artificially-flavoured, genetically-modified pap that mainstream cinema dishes up, Robert Altman's Nashville now tastes like a crisp organic apple.

November 20, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen.

April 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Certainly, for the American cinema, it is the most epochal event since Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.

July 6, 2015 | Full Review…

I hate to go out on a limb after only one viewing, but Nashville strikes me as Altman's best film, and the most exciting dramatic musical since Blue Angel.

January 15, 2013 | Full Review…

I think that the power and the theme of the film lie in the fact that while some characters are more "major" than others, they are all subordinated to the music itself. It's like a river, running through the film, running through their life.

January 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nashville

Through music and a god-like point of view, Robert Altman offers us the intimacies of american society in all its wide, kaleidoscopic nature. it's as real and pedestrian as a filmmaker can get without making a documentary, but delving into the same kind of truths.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

A clever, well-paced satire about country music and politics taking place on a weekend in Nashville, TN. Amidst the backdrop of an upcoming election, a country music festival takes over the town while a multitude of characters are detailed, all seeking happiness. A tale of manipulation and false expectations concerning fame and celebrity, director Robert Altman's masterpiece is an indisputable triumph of satirical sadness. It is a dark, somber movie, but one that is phenomenally acted and written, which keeps its audience's attention throughout its demanding near three-hour running time. Keith Carradine and Barbara Bixley shine brightest in terms of performances, but really this is an ensemble effort with an ending that is unexpected, and utterly brilliant.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Now I finally see why Robert Altman was so beloved. I never understood why he was spoken of as a genius. Now after finally seeing his 1975 near-masterpiece, "Nashville," I get it. Through a strange set of coincidences, I never saw "Nashville" until now. I can remember when it came out. It received a lot of praise from serious critics and was nominated for a bunch of Oscars, including Best Picture (it lost to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"). But it was never embraced by the mainstream. "Jaws" was the big movie that year. Everyone went to see "Jaws," including nine-year-old me. But almost no one went to see "Nashville." But over the years, it has taken on classic status. And I can see why. "Nashville" is so innovative that it's a bit challenging to watch. But if you give it the time and stay with it to the end, I think you'll be happy you did. I would describe it as one of the first post-modern films. It has about 25 characters, each with his/her own story line. There is no major character in the traditional sense. No one storyline dominates. I'd say that 1970s America is the main character. In many ways, Altman was holding up a mirror to the America of his day and showing us ourselves. He takes a panoramic ethnographic viewpoint, if you will. He's describing a culture, not focusing in on specific individuals. Initially, it's captivating. But after about an hour, the lack of a central storyline became a bit wearying to me. There's not that much drama. But something magical happens in the last 20 minutes or so. The threads all come together beautifully, with a violent act providing something of a crescendo. When Altman pulls his camera slowly back in the last couple of minutes, encompassing more and more in his field of vision, "Nashville" soars. It becomes a poem about America, almost perfectly capturing the longing, the sadness mixed with giddiness that was 1970s America. The irresponsibility, the fixation on music and entertainment, the persistence, and 100 other things. "Nashville" captures the feel of the 70s so well that it's almost mystical. A major work of art that I would enjoy watching again and again.

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

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