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
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]
Anybody on this bus got a college education?
I do; just graduated in June.
Good. Then you can get up and get us a beer.
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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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