Robert Altman's masterpiece: 24 characters and storylines surround a Nashville political rally and music festival, with the actors developing much of their own dialogue in rehearsal and co-authoring songs with music director Richard Baskin. Standout performances include Lily Tomlin, luminous in her screen debut; Ronee Blakley as Barbara Jean, the first lady of country music and a crackup waiting to happen; and Henry Gibson as sanctimonious crooner Haven Hamilton. Five Oscar® nominations with a win for Best Song, Keith Carradine's "I'm Easy," #81 on AFI's 100 Years…100 Songs. DIR/PROD Robert Altman; SCR Joan Tewkesbury. U.S., 1975, color, 160 min. RATED R
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