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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.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

John Binder, Gustaf Molander (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Road Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,189,966, 20 July 1980

Gross USA:

$17,815,212

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,815,212
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the final cinema films of actor Slim Pickens. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Bloody Mary Morning
Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
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She's confection, goodness knows
8 January 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Willie Nelson stars in this movie depicting the life of a country western singer not unlike Willie Nelson. He's married to Dyan Cannon and they have a son Joey Floyd. To raise said child Cannon who used to perform with him retired from the business to become a full time mom.

Another retirement, that of Slim Pickens his long time guitar accompaniest sets the stage for our drama. Pickens's daughter Amy Irving whom he has taught the instrument goes on the road in his stead. Nelson who is a hedonist by habit on the road takes his pleasures where he finds them. When Irving admits she's had a thing for him, the rest is just another case of infidelity.

The best thing about Honeysuckle Rose is the great country western score that mostly Willie Nelson sings. Before he was a performer Nelson wrote songs for other performers. One of his songs On The Road Again received an Oscar nomination for Best Song.

Nelson and the rest of the cast perform well. Further down in the credits take note of Mickey Rooney, Jr. as a prominent country western star and Lane Smith his unctuous manager. Smith is into merchandising and promotion but doesn't know real talent if it sung in his good ear. Nelson and Rooney's joint appearance proves a disaster.

If you're into country music and especially Willie Nelson, Honeysuckle Rose is not to be missed.


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