During the campaign of Presidential candidate Hal Phillip Walker in Nashville, the lives of many are intermingled when advance man Michael Murphy sets up a rally. Singing stars Henry Gibson and Karen Black agree to perform, while Ronee Blakely -- the number one singer -- suffers a setback after recovering from an accident and is cared for by husband-manager Allen Garfield. BBC reporter Geraldine Chaplin does a running account of the events, including an auto crash, and has relations with stud Keith Carradine, of a musical trio which includes husband and wife Allan Nicholls and Cristina Raines. Carradine also has sessions with Raines and with Lily Tomlin, white singer in a black gospel group, mother of two deaf children and wife of lawyer Ned Beatty, who is aiding Murphy. Groupie Shelly Duvall attaches herself to Carradine. Her uncle Keenan Wynn can't get Duvall to visit his dying wife. Wynn's roomer, David Hayward, kills Blakely and wounds Gibson at the big outdoor rally. Aspiring singer Barbara Harris performs, while Gwen Welles, a bad singer who had to perform a striptease to be given her chance, is too shocked to go on.
Country and western tie-ins are naturals, there being a wealth of songs performed by stars and artists.
Go to Nashville for fame, fortune and a chance at a better way of life... The home of country music. Paramount 159 mins.