Patsy Cline’s husband says ‘Sweet Dreams’ movie was ‘only about 50% true’


When country legend Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in 1963, she left behind her husband, Charlie Dick, and two young children. Before his own death in 2015, he was instrumental in preserving Cline’s legacy and helping present his voice to new generations.

And according to him, the 1985 film, Sweet dreams, was not an accurate representation of their marriage. Specifically, he said they only “just about” half-understood the story.

USA – CIRCA 1950s: Late 1950s, Nashville, Tennessee, Patsy Cline. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Charlie Dick was Patsy Cline’s second husband

After a divorce from her first husband, Gerald Cline, Cline met Charlie Dick at a club in Winchester, Virginia. She was already known for her song “Walkin’ After Midnight,” but her career was still booming.

According to PBS, they got on well and had a great game pretty much from the start. But his mother, for her part, was in disbelief when he told her he was taking the singing star home to meet her.

Cline and Dick were married on September 15, 1957, when she was 25. They had their first child in 1958, moved to Nashville in 1959, and had another child in 1961. Soon after, she released her song “I Fall to Pieces.” .”

Then, shortly after surviving a near-fatal car crash just months after the birth of her second child, she recorded “Crazy,” written by Willie Nelson.

Tragically, no one survived the plane crash that killed Cline on March 5, 1963. She was 30 and her children were only two and four when she died.

Charlie Dick: ‘Sweet Dreams’ was a ‘good movie, if you like fiction’

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In 1985, HBO Pictures released a movie called Sweet dreams based on the life of Cline. Jessica Lange starred as Cline with Ed Harris playing Dick. Of the film’s accuracy, Dick said, “I would say it was about 50% true. It was a good movie, if you like fiction.

Most notably, he said the film did not properly document their marriage. “They started with the truth, but when they finished it, I don’t know where it went,” he explained. “The basic story is true, but Hollywood adds so much that it ends up getting away with it.”

He concluded, “It wasn’t a bad movie, it just had a lot of discrepancies with the script, and things like that.”

Charlie Dick helped preserve Patsy Cline’s legacy after her death

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After Cline’s death, Dick was active in collecting and sharing whatever recordings he could find. He also oversaw the making of two documentaries about her, The real Patsy Cline and Remembering Patsy. According to Billboard, he was “on a mission to set the record straight.”

In 1997, Dick helped make possible the release of Patsy Cline: Live at the Cimarron Ballroom – a July 1961 concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But this album almost did not see the light of day because the soundtrack was lost for decades.

“I sold our house in 1966 and left stuff in the basement with permission,” Dick explained per Billboard. “When I saw someone making contact with the house a little later I talked about stopping and getting it, but they told me there was a flood – and that they had to throw out what was there.”

After that, Dick thought the recording was ruined and gone forever. “I thought that was the end of it all, but around 1992 the tape started to float and it ended up in a yard sale, or at least that’s the story,” he said. he continued.

So, with his help, the album was released nearly 35 years after Cline’s death. And it climbed to No. 32 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, confirming the claim that she is one of the country’s most legendary artists.

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