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18 July 1980 (USA) See more »
For 20 years he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Willie Nelson ... Buck Bonham

Dyan Cannon ... Viv Bonham

Amy Irving ... Lily Ramsey

Slim Pickens ... Garland Ramsey
Joey Floyd ... Jamie Bonham
Charles Levin ... Sid
Mickey Rooney Jr. ... Cotton Roberts

Lane Smith ... Brag--Cotton's Manager

Pepe Serna ... Rooster

Priscilla Pointer ... Rosella Ramsey

Diana Scarwid ... Jeanne

Emmylou Harris ... Herself
Rex Ludwick ... Tex
Mickey Raphael ... Kelly
Bee Spears ... Bo
Chris Ethridge ... Easter
Paul English ... Paul
Bobby Nelson ... Bobbie
Jody Payne ... Jonas
Poodie Locke ... Poodie (as Randy 'Poodie' Locke)
T. Snake ... Snake
Johnny Gimble ... Reunion Band Member
Dick Gimble ... Reunion Band Member
Maurice Anderson ... Reunion Band Member
Ray D. Hollingsworth ... Reunion Band Member
Bill Mounce ... Reunion Band Member
Kenny Frazier ... Reunion Band Member
Kenneth Threadgill ... Yodler
Grady Martin ... Grady
Hank Cochran ... Hank
Jeannie Seely ... Jeannie

Gene Rader ... Owen
Frank Stewart ... Dorsey Lee
LuBelle Camp ... Grandma Bonham
A.L. Camp ... Grandpa Bonham

Bernedette Whitehead ... Jessie (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jackie Ezzell ... Country Girl
Harvey Christiansen ... Mr. Eubanks
Centa Boyd ... Woman at Party
Cara Kanak ... Woman at Party

Robert Shaw ... Store Clerk
Emilio M. Gonzales ... Cab Driver
Mary Jane Valle ... Airline Clerk
Randy Arlyn Fletcher ... Policeman
Ray Liberto ... Jim
Bob Baty ... Carpenter
John Meadows ... Carpenter
Cody Hubach ... Cody
Kenneth Eric Hamilton ... Boy #1
Nelson Fowler ... Boy #2
Guy Houston Garrett ... Boy #3
Sammy Allred ... Contractor
Augie Meyers ... Stage Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Johnson ... Hackberry (as Hackberry Johnson)
Patricia C. Kennedy ... Singer

Chuck Long ... Guy at the bar
Will Taylor ... Cowboy
Steve Uzzell ... Accountant

R.C. Keene ... Concert audience member (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Schatzberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Binder 
Gustaf Molander  story
Carol Sobieski 
Gösta Stevens  story
William D. Wittliff 

Produced by
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Gene Taft .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Baskin 
Willie Nelson 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Film Editing by
Aram Avakian 
Norman Gay 
Marc Laub 
Evan A. Lottman 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Haley 
Costume Design by
Jo Ynocencio 
Makeup Department
Carolyn Ferguson .... hair stylist
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Production Management
Alan Collis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
Art Department
Glenn Dunn .... property maker
Fred Krajewski .... assistant props
Dave Margolin .... painter
Rich Valesko .... property master
Glenn Dunn .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Ernie Davidson .... assistant sound editor
Andy Federman .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Peter C. Frank .... sound editor (as Peter Frank)
Joan Franklin .... assistant sound editor
Lou Graf .... assistant sound editor
Dorian Harris .... assistant sound editor
Michael Jacobi .... sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor
Marty Levenstein .... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein .... sound editor
Yvette Nabel .... assistant sound editor
Al Nahmias .... sound editor
Kenneth Nunn .... cable man
Peter Odabashian .... assistant sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... assistant to supervising sound editor
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer
Harvey Rosenstock .... dialogue editor (as Harvey J. Rosenstock)
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Karen I. Stern .... assistant sound editor (as Karen Stern)
Jeffrey Wolf .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Hank Briere .... key grip
Sal Camacho .... assistant camera
Jim Coe .... still photographer
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Bill Krattiger .... rigging gaffer
Hugh Langtry .... second grip
Jim Lucas .... camera operator
Chuck Morgan .... dolly grip
Terry H. Neville .... best boy (as Terry Neville)
Tim Phelps .... lighting designer
Brian W. Roy .... camera operator
Doyle Smith .... assistant camera
Jeff Wolf .... assistant camera
Don Zobel .... studio best boy
Ann Lukacs .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas
Barbara Lambertson .... extras casting: Texas
Pat Orseth .... casting assistant: Texas
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Cynthia Bales .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Judith Blume .... apprentice editor
Glenn Cunningham .... apprentice editor
Leslie Gaulin .... apprentice editor (as Leslie Troy Gaulin)
Michael Kirchberger .... assistant editor
Denine Rowan .... assistant editor
Don Schatzberg .... apprentice editor
Gail Showalter .... assistant editor
Nicholas C. Smith .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Thomas Herod Jr. .... location manager: 2nd unit
Music Department
Louis Cerborino .... supervising music editor
Bradley Hartman .... music consultant
Robert Q. Lovett .... music editor
Transportation Department
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain
Ernie Molina .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jack Casey .... publicist
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"On the Road Again" - USA (reissue title)
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119 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | USA:PG (certificate #26073)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Reportedly, the character Buck Bonham that Willie Nelson played is considered to have borne more than a passing similarity to the actual Willie Nelson the person in real life. This duality was also displayed in Nelson's character Buck Bonham's life experience in the film's story. This is reflected in the movie's tagline that states: "For 20 years, he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.".See more »
[Lily is on her first tour with Buck's band]
Bo:Anybody on this bus got a college education?
Lily Ramsey:I do; just graduated in June.
Bo:Good. Then you can get up and get us a beer.
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Movie Connections:
On the Road AgainSee more »


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Somewhat slow and drawn out, 8 September 2016
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Despite what I wrote above in my summary line, I did not hate or dislike "Honeysuckle Rose". There were some things about it that I genuinely enjoyed. With Willie Nelson headlining the movie, there is of course a lot of opportunity for him to sing, which I found very enjoyable despite the fact that country music in normally not my thing. Nelson isn't a great actor - he's only adequate here - but in his defence he doesn't try to be something he's not, and his relaxed and easygoing manner is palatable. Speaking of relaxed and easygoing, director Jerry Schatzberg films the movie in that style, in a way that gives many of the scenes an almost documentary feel, making them surprisingly realistic. However, eventually this slow and steady attitude starts to backfire. The movie is extremely drawn out; there's not a heck of a lot of story here, and what there is could have been told at a length much shorter than the 119 minutes this movie takes. All the same, the movie does have its charms, and I can see some people really enjoying it despite its shortcomings.

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