All country musicians have movies made about them sooner or later. Patsy Cline got hers in 1985, a dutiful yet uninspired series of vignettes that shaped her life: grueling tours, making it big, car wreck, having kids, and her ultimate, untimely death in a small plane that crashed into the side of a mountain. Sweet Dreams is a fairly bad title for a film about Cline (I assume it will someday be recycled into a film about The Eurythmics), but I suppose her better known works (like "Crazy") wouldn't have made for appropriate titles at all. Jessica Lange turns in a good performance here, though she lip syncs to Cline's originals throughout. A bigger problem is the meandering plot, which makes too much of her abusive marriage and white trash lifestyle, but never really indicates how wildly popular Cline became during her life.
Hackman and Pacino? You better believe it. And while this odd mix of Of Mice and Men, Midnight Cowboy, and Waiting for Godot has several charming moments, it never really finds its groove. The loose story concerns the pair of drifters who hatch a plan to start their own car wash -- though that idea never really materializes. Instead, the ride the rails and the roads, waiting for life to happen to them. Both leads are fantastic, but the script is weak.