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.
Did You Know?
The production shoot for this film ran for about five weeks. See more
Ryman Auditorium is used as the setting for the Opry. This venue was not used until the 1940s, and the movie takes place in the 1930s. See more
Uncle Red, don't you think you have a problem with your drinking?
Only when I can't get it.
I mean - don't you think you might need some help with your drinking?
No, I do quite well all by myself.
Referenced in Road to Perdition
Sung by Marty Robbins
and Clint Eastwood See more