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Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

PG | | Drama, Music, Romance | 18 July 1980 (USA)
Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.


Jerry Schatzberg


Gösta Stevens (based on a story by) (as Gosta Steven), Gustaf Molander (based on a story by) (as Gustau Molander) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Buck
Dyan Cannon ... Viv
Amy Irving ... Lily
Slim Pickens ... Garland
Joey Floyd Joey Floyd ... Jamie
Charles Levin ... Sid
Priscilla Pointer ... Rosella
Mickey Rooney Jr. ... Cotton
Pepe Serna ... Rooster
Lane Smith ... Brag
Diana Scarwid ... Jeanne
Emmylou Harris ... Emmylou
Rex Ludwick Rex Ludwick ... Tex
Mickey Raphael Mickey Raphael ... Kelly
Bee Spears Bee Spears ... Bo


Buck Bonham is a county singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his obligations to his long-suffering wife and their son. He has everything going his way until his longtime guitarist retires from the band. His plucky young daughter eagerly accepts the position meant to last several weeks. The road leads to temptation as the young woman admits a longtime crush on him, which leads to his downfall. The only question is will his family and friends stand by him before things come crashing down? Written by Anonymous

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For 20 years he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.


Drama | Music | Romance


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Did You Know?


The film got Oscar nominated receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Music - Original Song for Willie Nelson's ballad "On the Road Again", the title of which is also one of the movie's aka titles. Nelson's nom for this tune to date [June 2013] still remains Nelson's only ever Oscar nomination. See more »


In Mexico, Buck gets shot with the 7th shot from Garland's 6-shooter. See more »


[Lily is on her first tour with Buck's band]
Bo: Anybody on this bus got a college education?
Lily Ramsey: I do; just graduated in June.
Bo: Good. Then you can get up and get us a beer.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »


Coming Back to Texas
Arranged by Kenneth Threadgill, C. Joyce and J. Paul
Performed by Kenneth Threadgill
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An Ode to the Road...
30 October 2001 | by Iammymothersdaughter2See all my reviews

Willie is one of our National treasures in my opinion. I suppose some people would disagree, and that's o.k., you have every right to be wrong.

The best part of this film, I felt, was the fairly much realistic portrayal of what life is like on the road for entertainers. Or, more accurately what is was like back when this film was made. Who better to play the lead than one who's probably logged a million or so miles out there between the ditches? I also loved Slim Pickens performance, and the camaraderie between Willie and Slim was hilarious and heartwarming.

I can't imagine anyone in the world who hasn't seen this film. It should be required viewing for any new converts to Country Music. I gave this film a rating of 9 - shaving off one point for the aggrandizement of boozing/pill popping and womanizing. But you gotta love Willie et al in spite of it. Maybe because of it, who knows?

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Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Road Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,189,966, 20 July 1980

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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