As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the missus' brother. A roguish country-western musician, he has just been invited to audition for the Grand Ole Opry, his chance of a lifetime to become a success. However, this is way back in Nashville, Red clearly drives terribly, and he's broke and sick with tuberculosis to boot. Whit, 14, seeing his own chance of a lifetime to avoid "growing up to be a cotton picker all my life," begs Ma to let him go with Uncle Red as driver and protege. Thus begins a picaresque journey both hilarious and poignant. Written by
Paul Emmons <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The boy is on his way to becoming a man. The man is on his way to becoming a legend.
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[finds Marlene in the trunk of the car
Get out of there! It's against the law to ride in the trunk in this state. I don't suppose you've got any I.D., either?
Idee? Idee 'bout what?
Referenced in Road to Perdition
"No Sweeter Cheater Than You"
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