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"You get your hair cut; you don't belong in Nashville"—Haven Hamilton
A 1975 film directed by Robert Altman. It boasts a huge ensemble cast of 24 - count 'em, 24 - main characters, and follows them around over the course of five days in the country music capital.
There is no exact definition of who's a main character and who's not, but here are the ones that get the most screen time:
- Barbara Jean (Ronee Blakley), the darling of the country music world. She's frail, lonely, and emotionally spent, but tries to keep a smile on anyway. She's responsible for more than a few of the movie's best musical moments. Also, she gets assasinated in the end. Blakley got a Best Supporting Actress nom for her performance.
- Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson), an aging, egotistical country music legend with political aspirations.
- Barnett (Allen Garfield), Barbara Jean's emotionally abusive manager/husband. A Col. Parker type, he's more interested in his wife's career than his wife's crumbling sanity.
- Linnea Reese (Lily Tomlin), a middle-aged gospel singer/housewife stuck with an inept husband and two deaf kids. She is torn between loyalty to her Homer Simpson-esque spouse and the advances of a charming womanizer. Tomlin also got a Best Supporting Actress nod for this.
- Tom Frank (Keith Carradine), one-third of the rock trio Bill, Mary, and Tom.
This film provides examples of:
- As Himself: Elliott Gould and Julie Christie appear as themselves in different scenes. The actors happened to be visiting the set when Altman decided to use them for Throw It In cameos.
- Chekhov's Gun: Kenny's violin case which turns out to hold a gun.
- Credits Gag: The film opens with a fake commercial for its own soundtrack album, with the cast members' names ("Twenty-four of your favorite stars!") being rattled off by a motormouthed voiceover announcer in the manner of an old K-Tel spot.
- The Danza: Timmy Brown as Tommy Brown.
- The Ditz: Opal and Sueleen.
- Jerkass: Haven Hamilton pretty much acts like a pompous, arrogant narcissist for most of the film.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On the other hand, he's pretty supportive of his son. Also, his actions at the rally after Barbara Jean and himself are shot speak for themselves:
Haven Hamilton: This is Nashville! This ain't Dallas, this is Nashville! They can't do this to us here in Nashville! Come on, sing! Sing, somebody, sing! I'm fine, I'm fine. You sing!
- Ladykiller in Love: Tom falls in love with Linnea, but she rejects him after they sleep together and leaves.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Several of the characters are thinly-veiled expies of real life country music stars of the era: Barbara Jean (Loretta Lynn), Haven Hamilton (Porter Wagoner), Tommy Brown (Charley Pride), Connie White (Lynn Anderson), and Bill, Mary & Tom (Peter, Paul & Mary).
- Stepford Smiler: Barbara Jean, Type A.
- The Voice: Presidential candidate Hal Philip Walker.