January 24th, 1994

The Pure Country soundtrack becomes George Strait's first triple-platinum album. The soundtrack album featured three singles that were released to radio: "I Cross My Heart" (#1), "Heartland" (#1) and "When Did You Stop Loving Me" (#6). "Overnight Male" also charted at #72 from unsolicited airplay.


Despite Strait's super-star status in the music world, Pure Country only grossed just over $15 million at the box office.The film also received many negative reviews upon its release, but critics responded nicely to certain aspects of the film.

On the television program Siskel and Ebert, film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert both gave the film a "Two thumbs down" rating, but their reviews were more mixed than negative. Both praised George Strait's performance citing it was very good, and he was convincing in the lead, especially considering the challenges of a singer becoming an actor.

The soundtrack remains as Stait's best selling album to date.

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