The Country Girl

The Country Girl

DVD - 2004
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Frank Elgin is an alcoholic actor and singer who gets a second change at stardom. His long suffering wife, Georgie, and their marriage is put to the test. Frank is desperate to make a come back and Bernie Dodd is the hotshot Broadway director in need of a "name" star for his new stage production. Georgie is both weary of her husband's weaknesses and Dodd's motives. When Georgie appears to be dragging Frank down, Bernie tries to force her to leave.

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Nursebob
Jun 14, 2016

A profoundly unhappy story about a couple undone by past tragedy whose fragile equilibrium, based on lies and guilt, is now ironically threatened by the promise of a new beginning. Crosby shows he is more than just a sleepy-eyed crooner with his edgy portrayal of a whimpering drunk desperately clinging to rock bottom while Kelly steals the show as his perpetually angry wife, an intense woman whose haunted eyes barely conceal a deeper pain. And Holden, spitting fire and judgement, proves to be the perfect catalyst. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and winning two—one for Grace Kelly’s psychologically charged performance and another for George Seaton’s piercing screenplay—"The Country Girl" is marred somewhat by a soapy ending but its juxtaposition of cheery onstage musical numbers and offstage drama pulls all the right strings and its cast never miss a beat.

epotter8811 Jul 08, 2014

Most notably, this is the film that won Grace Kelly the Oscar over Judy Garland in A Star is Born. As the "country girl" of the title, Ms. Kelly is all simmering rage and resentment but it feels a little bland to me. Bing Crosby gets to stretch his abilities a bit and proves himself a capable dramatic actor. William Holden is forceful. It's a decent movie, but other films of the period do this subject matter better.

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rslade
Sep 05, 2011

Bing Crosby actually does some very good acting in this one. Overall, though, the story is one of the standards: boy meets girl who is married to another boy, with the variation that the girl doesn't leave the boy she's married to. Crosby's character gets more loyalty than he's entitled to. (Alcoholics are *not* a good bet.)

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

The wife of an alcoholic actor is unfairly accused of causing his downfall; she works to give him a chance at a comeback in a new Broadway musical.
Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden. .

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