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
The guitar Red Stovall is playing is a Gibson L-5C manufactured around the 1970s. Although Gibson launched the L-5 in 1922, the particular instrument Red plays in the movie is definitely not from the era the movie was set in. The L-5P was launched in 1939 and was superseded by the L-5C in 1948. The letter "C" in L-5C stands for "cutaway" whereas the letter "P" in L-5P stands for "premiere". The tuners and the "Gibson" logo on the guitar's headstock are distinctly 1970s. 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.
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