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?
One of a handful of films in which Clint Eastwood
is heard singing. The movies include _Bronco Billy_, _Kelly's Heroes_, Honkytonk Man
(1982), Paint Your Wagon
(1969) and Any Which Way You Can
(1980). Eastwood also directed the jazz film Bird
(1988). Eastwood is also currently [as at May 2013] allegedly developing two musicals to be directed by him, the screen adaptation of the stage show "The Jersey Boys" and a remake of A Star Is Born
(1976). 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
What's a girl like you going to do in Nashville? Have you any money or friends? What are you gonna do, live in the streets?
The Lord will provide.
He'd better provide you a way of gettin' there, too.
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