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GET TO THE HEART is a compelling portrait of the talent and tribulations of Barbara Mandrell, one of country music's greatest entertainers.
Barbara is discovered while playing the steel guitar at a trade show to bring attention to the amplifiers her father, Irby (Dwight Schultz), is selling. As a result, Barbara is offered a show in Las Vegas. Her father supports her and forms a family band to play locally and hires 21-year-old drummer, Ken Dudney (Greg Kean).
At age 14, Barbara (Lindsey Haun) is smitten with Ken but it is not until she is of age that she wins him over along with her father. After they marry, Ken joins the navy and Barbara (Maureen McCormick) quits singing to become a full-time wife. But after a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, Barbara is once again bitten by the bug and resumes singing. Ken eventually leaves the military to help her and to raise their newborn son, Matt.
The road is rocky at first, playing rowdy bars and traveling in a run-down bus, but Barbara soon gets a recording contract, develops a dedicated following, then gets a weekly television show. By the time she has her second child, Jaime, it becomes a battle to balance her career and her family. Barbara decides to give up the television show and to go on tour again.
In 1984, as Barbara drives with 8-year-old Jaime (Evan Rachel Wood) and 14-year-old Matt (Jesse Littlejohn) in the car, she is hit head-on by another car. Barbara's head, back and legs are severely injured in the near-fatal accident. During her slow and painful recovery, Barbara becomes depressed, displaying erratic behavior. Her son grows bitter towards her and legal complications jeopardize her reputation.
Little by little, Barbara regains her fighting spirit and patches things up with her family. She returns to the spotlight with a successful 1986 live show, as well as a book and television appearances in the following years. Hers is more than a story about a superstar entertainer, an officer's wife and a loving mother--Barbara Mandrell's story is about a triumphant survivor.
Maureen McCormick ... Barbara Mandrell
Dwight Schultz ... Irby Mandrell
Greg Kean ... Ken Dudney
Lisa Blount ... Mary Mandrell
Lindsey Haun ... Barbara (as a teenager)
Jaime Dudney ... Irlene Mandrell
Portia Dawson ... Louisa Mandrell
Evan Rachel Wood ... Jaime Dudney
Jesse Littlejohn ... Matthew Dudney
John Doe ... Joe Maphis
Dolly Parton ... Dolly Parton
Kenny Rogers ... Kenny Rogers
Barbara Mandrell ... Herself