Mac Sledge, a once-famous country western singer, wakes up broke, alone and hung over in a tiny Texas motel run by widowed Rosa Lee. With nowhere else to go, Sledge takes a job at the motel, and through the kindness and faith of Rosa he changes his self-destructive ways. At Rosa’s insistence, he is baptized and starts anew. Shortly thereafter he marries Rosa and becomes the father and close confidant her son never had.
Tender Mercies played at the 2001 Heartland Film Festival in the 10 Most Truly Moving Pictures of All Time Sidebar.