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Songwriter (1984)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  14 October 1984 (USA)
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Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doc Jenkins
Blackie Buck
Honey Carder
Dino McLeish
Mickey Raphael ...
Rhonda Dotson ...
Richard C. Sarafian ...
Rodeo Rocky
Robert Gould ...
Sage Parker ...
Pattie McLeish
Stephen Bruton ...
Sam / Roarers Band
Glen Clark ...
Paul / Roarers Band


Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, including a young singer and his former singing partner, Blackie Buck, and together they execute his plan to get out of the deal. He gets help from a stereotypical small-time concert promoter. Honey Carder is the love interest/ex-wife. Written by <>

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In his memoir, Willie Nelson called this film the most "autobiographical" of all his movies. See more »


Doc Jenkins: I couldn't hate anybody.
Blackie Buck: You hate Rodeo Rocky.
Doc Jenkins: I couldn't hate a real, live, human being.
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Rollicking country comedy
15 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Songwriter is a rollicking country comedy, not exactly what you'd expect from Alan Rudolph. Willie Nelson is wonderful in this picture, an actor of considerable great subtlety as well as the great singer you already knew he was. Rip Torn is hilariously hammy. If you have any fondness for the country (especially the Texas country) millieu, this is one to check out.

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