With special guests! Robert Altman‘s 1975 epic presents a complex critique of the American obsession with celebrity and power. The film follows 24 characters through five days in Nashville, including a politically ambitious country icon (Henry Gibson) and his fragile protégée (Ronee Blakley); a self-absorbed rock star (Keith Carradine) who woos a lonely married gospel singer (Lily Tomlin); a talentless waitress (Gwen Welles) painfully humiliated at her first singing gig; a runaway wife (Barbara Harris) with dreams of stardom; a nightclub owner (Barbara Baxley); a single-minded groupie (Shelley Duvall); a vapid BBC commentator (Geraldine Chaplin); and a campaign guru (Michael Murphy) who is trying to organize a concert rally for the unseen but always heard populist presidential candidate Hal Phillip Walker. Everything comes to a head during a climactic concert at Nashville’s replica of the Parthenon temple, as the entertainment-hungry audience is momentarily woken out of its stupor by unexpected violence.
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Director: Robert Altman
Screenwriter: Joan Tewkesbury
Cast: Henry Gibson, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin, Gwen Welles, Barbara Harris, Barbara Baxley, Shelley Duvall, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Murphy