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Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

PG  |   |  Music, Romance, Drama  |  18 July 1980 (USA)
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Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.



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Lane Smith ...
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Buck Bonham is a county singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his obligations to his long-suffering wife and their son. He has everything going his way until his longtime guitarist retires from the band. His plucky young daughter eagerly accepts the position meant to last several weeks. The road leads to temptation as the young woman admits a longtime crush on him, which leads to his downfall. The only question is will his family and friends stand by him before things come crashing down? Written by Anonymous

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For 20 years he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.


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18 July 1980 (USA)  »

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On the Road Again  »

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Willie Nelson wrote the film's signature song not long after signing on for the picture. On a plane flight, Nelson was asked by executive producer Sydney Pollack, who had just directed Nelson in The Electric Horseman (1979), to write a theme tune for the film about a singer's life on the road. Reportedly, Nelson apparently wrote the song, which features the beat of a train, on a plane paper barf bag. See more »


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An Ode to the Road...
30 October 2001 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

Willie is one of our National treasures in my opinion. I suppose some people would disagree, and that's o.k., you have every right to be wrong.

The best part of this film, I felt, was the fairly much realistic portrayal of what life is like on the road for entertainers. Or, more accurately what is was like back when this film was made. Who better to play the lead than one who's probably logged a million or so miles out there between the ditches? I also loved Slim Pickens performance, and the camaraderie between Willie and Slim was hilarious and heartwarming.

I can't imagine anyone in the world who hasn't seen this film. It should be required viewing for any new converts to Country Music. I gave this film a rating of 9 - shaving off one point for the aggrandizement of boozing/pill popping and womanizing. But you gotta love Willie et al in spite of it. Maybe because of it, who knows?

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