Watch Now: HARD COUNTRY
Kim Basinger made her big-screen debut with the 1981 drama film Hard Country, playing the role of Jodie, a telephone company worker living in Texas. She is in a relationship with Kyle, portrayed by Jan-Michael Vincent, a factory worker who does not exactly love his job, but rather enjoys a life of repetitiveness, the only kind their hometown has to offer. When Jodie interviews for a job as a flight attendant in Los Angeles, she quickly realizes that getting it would mean leaving Texas, possibly without Kyle, who under no circumstances wants to uproot his life.
Basinger seamlessly showcases her skills in her first-ever movie role, while Jan-Michael Vincent, a perspective young actor at the time, masterfully displays the emotions of a cowboy coming to terms with a new age slowly starting to rear its head. British director David Greene, originally an actor himself, maneuvers the script written by Michael Kane and Michael Martin Murphey with ease and precision, capturing the collective transformation occurring in the lives of young people inhabiting a country they no longer find appealing, with them yearning for an existence that is easier and far more fulfilling than the life of hardship they were born into.