After 25 chart-topping hits, the singing star becomes a movie star! George Strait makes his film debut in an entertaining look into the heart and soul of country music from Young Guns director Christopher Cain. Superstar... more » Dusty Chandler (Strait) is tired of the smoke, the strobe lights and the overmiked sound of his arena spectaculars. One night, something snaps. "I'm just going to take a little walk," Dusty says as he walks out of the empty hall, ditching his beard, ponytail - and temporarily, his career - to reclaim his down-home country roots. But his manager (Leslie Ann Warren) retaliates: a stand-in (Kyle Chandler) lip-synchs his songs in concert. And a romance with a lovely rancher (Isabel Glasser) is on again, off again like a rodeo cowboy. The simple life can be complex, but it's nothing a revitalized country boy can't handle!« less
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 2/18/2010...
A fun movie with some good music. Storyline somewhat predictable, but overall well worth watching.
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Carol R. (creating101) from WATERLOO, IA Reviewed on 12/6/2009...
This is a wonderful movie. I have already watched it several times and intend to watch it again. It has everything. A little bit of fighting, singing, romance. It was simply excellent a good watch on a quiet afternoon or evening and the song at the end is a perfect song for any wedding.
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Heather K. from TOLLAND, CT Reviewed on 11/27/2009...
Really like this movie. Has a great soundtrack and good acting.
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Straightforward plot; fine acting by George
Ken | Olathe, KS, U.S.A. | 03/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the video to Pure Country after listening to the soundtrack album. The movie is well-done. George Strait plays Dusty Chandler, a country music superstar who gets tired of the loud sound and overhyped special effects(smoke and strobe lights) in his shows. After an argument with his manager, Lula Rogers(played by Lesley Ann Warren), Dusty says to his best friend, Earl(John Doe), "I'm just gonna take me a little walk," and he does that. He returns to his old hometown, cuts off his beard and ponytail, and tries to get back to his down-home country roots, going first to his Grandma Ivy's house and then to the bar where he once played. After Dusty leaves town, Lula tries to keep his show going at all costs. With some important concert dates coming up, including one in Las Vegas, she hires Buddy(Kyle Chandler), a member of Dusty's road crew, to lip-synch his songs. Most of the band members have doubts, but Lula goes ahead with the plan. The first concert date goes smoothly, and Lula justifies what she does by blaming Dusty for walking out. Lula also hires a private detective and goes off herself to find Dusty. Meanwhile, Dusty goes to a night club, where he meets the young rancher Harley, the other principal character(played by Isabel Glasser). Harley's boyfriend gets jealous upon seeing her with another guy, and a fight starts. After breaking his rival's nose, Dusty is knocked out in the parking lot and wakes up the next morning. He accepts Harley's offer of breakfast and later finds himself taking roping lessons. Before too long, with the help of Harley and her brothers, he becomes a good roper, and it turns out that his skills are needed. Harley's dad, Ernest(Rory Calhoun), is in danger of losing the ranch, and he is depending on Harley's winning her event at a big rodeo in Las Vegas to stay afloat.I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but it turns out to be a fairy tale in which things eventually work out well for everyone. Harley wins at the rodeo, saving her ranch. Dusty comes back, patches things up with everybody(except Buddy, whom he gets rid of after learning how much publicity Buddy's lip-synching act has gotten) and puts on a great show in Vegas--minus the ponytail, beard and fancy costume. Lula at long last gives Dusty an emotional apology. And despite Lula's efforts to break up his romance, Dusty gets his girl(Harley) in the end.Though George is the movie's star, Lesley Ann Warren, in my opinion, steals the show as the crafty Lula. Lula professes to be concerned about Dusty and his band members, but everything she does(using Buddy as a stand-in, hiring a private detective, and following Dusty) shows me that she's really in it for the money. It is only after watching Buddy's TV interview and seeing Harley, who turns out to be Dusty's true love, that Lula breaks down. We're not told much about Dusty and Lula's non-business relationship, although those who saw the movie(including myself) will see, from the barroom photo Dusty looks at, that she played in his band before he got popular and that she was his old girlfriend. John Doe's character, Earl, also plays an important role, though it's a minor one. He reminisces with Dusty about the old days(when they went to the carnival and watched the "dancing chicken"). He defends Dusty against Lula's accusations that he(Dusty) walked out, and, being the loyal friend that he is, he walks out himself and follows Dusty to Harley's ranch.Director Chris Cain and writer Rex McGee did a very good job on this film. Their failure to develop Dusty and Lula's relationship further is the only flaw in an otherwise fine movie. The acting, though there aren't many well-known actors, is first-rate, and George sings a lot of great tunes, including the hit "I Cross My Heart", on an awesome soundtrack. I think, too, that George, who had never acted before except in TV commercials, does a very convincing job as Dusty. I became a George Strait fan after watching this movie. I think that even those who aren't music fans will like it. It's a great portrayal of country music, and it also is a good slice-of-life movie."
George Strait is no doubt "Pure Country!"
Ryan Burton | Granite City, IL. | 09/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For anyone who loves traditional country music, and who is a fan of George Strait, then you are advised to watch this very fun movie. This movie was very well made for George Strait(which was motion picture debut) as Dusty Wyatt Chandelor. As Dusty becomes more popular as a country music singer, his manager (Lesley Ann Warren) stages all his tours with smoke, strobe lights, and really loud music to where no one can even see or hear the "real" country artist. To be honest, what Strait's character goes through is more like being in one of Garth Brooks tours which is more rock & rap than it is country. So he decides to ditch it all to go back to his small town roots, and there he falls for the lovely Harley Tucker (Isabell Glasser). A very wonderful movie that has a heart and soul. Thanks for being true to country, Mr. Strait!"
Should be retitled "Pure Magic".
Larry C | New Jersey United States | 04/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie should be retitled "Pure Magic". George Strait proves why he's a superstar by turning in a great first time acting job as the fictitional country music star Dusty Chandler. One night after Dusty stops singing for three bars during a concert he figures out that it's the "glitz" and not the "hits" that fans are coming to see. This rude awakening causes him to take immediate stock of himself when he begins to feel like a "dancing chicken" in a traveling road show. And so he abruptly sets out on a search to find his roots and to recapture the love and passion he once had for performing. One night by way of a drunken stuper in a cowboy bar he meets the georgeous Harley Tucker (in a scene stealing performance by Isabel Glasser) and tries to defend her honor but he can barely stand up. So after losing a fight she takes one look at that killer smile and says.....hmmmm.....I think I'll bring this one home with me tonight. When Dusty's manager Lula Rogers (another scene stealing performance played by Lesley Ann Warren) finaly catches up with Dusty and sees her "competition" she sabotages the budding relationship by lying to Harley. When Dusty finds out what Lula did he lays down the law and Lula repents and finds Harley and comes clean with her. Then at his Vegas show Dusty (George that is) procedes to sing to Harley one of the greatest country ballads of all time "I Cross My Heart" in a spine tingling performance that will make you want to jump up and watch the movie all over again! Don't listen to anybody else but me. This ones a keeper!"
MAKING A STATEMENT
D. McAllister | Somewhere in the Field | 07/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PURE COUNTRY is not so much a Country story as it is a statement about where Country Music was heading at the time the movie was made. Remember? Garth Brooks was climbing the charts faster than a chimp up a banana tree and he was doing it with what? With un-country-like special effects including bizarre light shows, pyrotechnics and smoke. Many other Country stars followed suit.
To a purest like George Strait the rock-and-roll-ization of Country Music was tantamount to the vilest heresies. What better way to speak out against it than with a movie that depicts a Country singer who has lost his way and rediscovers his roots and his life? PURE COUNTRY makes an eloquent statement against the crossover efforts of Brooks and others while telling an enchanting story about the simplicity of the Country life. The music, as would be expected, is fabulous and the cast performances, including George Strait doing some riding and roping, are terrific too.
As far as the statement is concerned, I agree wholeheartedly with Strait's assessment of things. Leave the lights and noise and smoke to KISS and other groups and performers who made that type of outlandish performance famous. For me, as the movie title implies, I prefer PURE COUNTRY.