Texas Focus: Tender Mercies

Texas Spirit Theater | PG | 92 min. | Drama, Music

October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the Texas based film, Tender Mercies.

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Event Details

Tender Mercies, written by Texan, Horton Foote, was shot in and takes place in Texas. It had the additional element of the devotion of non-Texan actor Robert Duvall who traveled many miles throughout Texas gathering recordings of accents in order to stay true to the main character, Mac Sledge. 

A cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative, the Museum's Texas Focus Film Series highlights stories by, for, and about Texans. This season's selections center around classic ideas of Texas and Texans as viewed on screen. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Spirit Theater Gallery Texas Film Poster exhibition, and includes a film screening and Q&A with writer and script supervisor, Anne Rapp. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

Film Credits

Rating: PG
Suggested age: 13+
Director: Bruce Beresford
Writer: Horton Foote
Runtime: 92 min.
Genre: Drama, Music
Release year: 1983


About the Film

Tender Mercies was filmed in Arlington, Palmer and Waxahachie, Texas and also takes place in Texas.

Though unsuccessful at the box office, Tender Mercies won the Best Writing, Screenplay (Horton Foote) and Best Actor (Robert Duvall) Academy Award and was nominated for many other Academy Awards along with other prestigious award wins and nominations.



About the Guest Speaker

Anne Rapp is a writer and script supervisor in the movie industry who worked on more than 60 feature films, beginning with “Tender Mercies” in 1981 and ending with the HBO series “Westworld.” She has worked with many acclaimed directors including Jake Kasdan, Billy Bob Thornton, Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Ken Kwapis, Jonathan Nolan, Lawrence Kasdan, Sydney Pollack, Robert Benton, Bruce Beresford, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis, David Mamet, Rob Reiner, Bill Forsythe, Ivan Reitman and Tom Hanks. Writing short stories led to a job writing for Robert Altman who directed two of her screenplays, “Cookie’s Fortune” and “Dr. T and the Women.” The screenplayfor “Cookie’s Fortune” earned Anne an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well as an Edgar Allen Poe nomination. She wrote the musical “A Ride With Bob” for Ray Benson’s stage performance about the life and legacy of the western swing great Bob Wills. Anne has more recently written scripts for Alison Eastwood and Whoopi Goldberg and has several of her own scripts in development. She is currently producing and directing a documentary about the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and two-time Oscar winner, Horton Foote.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

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