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Pure Country
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by Cochise

"Country music fans must see this film."
4 stars

When I saw the scene where Dusty sang the opening song in the concert and I heard it in surround sound I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

WARNING: In order to write about the meaning of this film I have had to discuss the ending. So, if you do not want to know how it ends, stop reading here.

The plot is simple. The hero is disgusted with the way his concerts are choreographed and the lack of true country soul in them. The movie then becomes a story about redemption.

In the beginning of the film, Dusty in is not really a bad person. He is just flawed and must go on a spiritual journey to make himself whole again. He goes back to his roots to discover himself. On the way he found spiritual counseling from his grandmother. He also finds new love with Harley.

He has lost touch with the soul of country music, and, thus, with himself.
The lack of soul in the music is shown by the overdone concert (with all the flashing lights, etc.) and the attitude of his manager. No wonder he wants to escape. The scene where the singer lips syncs to Dusty‘s song is the ultimate example of the type of fakery the public is getting from Dusty’s show.

When Dusty gets back home and he plays with his band on the porch they are back to basics, playing good country music without all the bells and whistles.

My favorite character in the film is the grandmother. She is full of good advice. Some of the best advice she gives is: “There are no answers. Only the search.” And “if you follow the roots, you'll find him.”

The father of the girl is another character that represents Dusty’s spiritual journey. The father is a grizzled old man with a lot of wisdom. I like his comment, “People talk too damn much for my taste. Yappin' about this or that, when he ought to be eatin', workin', or sleepin'.” (I think this means a lot of people say too many things that are not worth talking about. This is a good concept to keep in mind.) Another good comment he makes is, “The funny thing about that little white speck on the top of chicken shit. That little white speck is chicken shit too.”

Dusty meets the his true love on his journey. She is a suitable character for him, tough and independent. In his life she will be a positive influence.

Dusty turns out to be a humble man. Even though is an expert horseman, when Harley asks him if he knows horses, he makes a humble reply. He does not brag about his skills.

Lula, his manager, turns out okay in the end, even though she is a real
bitch for a while. That she comes around shows the wholesome influence of
the friends of Dusty and the Tucker family.

The movie will not disappoint those who like a bit of romance in their movies. The movie follows the ‘boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl’ formula. The ending is very touching.

This is an excellent movie for ‘girly’ movie fans and for fans of country music, male or female. Also, if you like horses you will enjoy the roping and barrel racing scenes.

I liked the opening concert in spite of the message in the film because I’m a huge fan of that kind of country sound. I bought the DVD and the soundtrack, which I recommend any one who likes this film should do.

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originally posted: 08/28/08 01:17:45
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7/13/09 cody country/western meets drama, plus george strait singing, a winner. 4 stars
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  23-Oct-1992 (PG)
  DVD: 27-May-1998


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