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
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The boy is on his way to becoming a man. The man is on his way to becoming a legend.
Did You Know?
sings in this film and previously sang in the earlier Hollywood musical, Paint Your Wagon
(1969) where he sang the songs "Elisa", "Gold Fever", "I Talk to the Trees", and a duet with Lee Marvin
called "Best Things". According to ClintEastwood.Net, the songs "were mostly staged and sometimes simply played over the other action, almost as if they were a kind of narration". Eastwood is also heard on the soundtrack for Kelly's Heroes
(1970) where he sings the songs "Burning Bridges" and its B-side, "When I Loved Her". Eastwood's voice can also be heard on such country and western recordings as Randy Travis
' "Smokin' the Hive" and T.G. Sheppard
's "Make My Day". 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
You don't think he should be doing this, do you?
Do you? Knowing it might kill him?
Want me to level with you, pal? He's going to die anyway, and he knows it. And he knows that this is his last chance.
Last chance? For what?
To be somebody. Did you ever feel like you wanted to be somebody? If he makes these recordings - who knows?
When I Sing About You
Performed by Clint Eastwood See more