A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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 picture is part of a group of films known as depression era dramas. See more »
Ryman Auditorium is used as the setting for the Opry. This venue was not used until the 1940s, and the movie takes place in the 1930s. See more »
[finds Marlene in the trunk of the car]
Get out of there! It's against the law to ride in the trunk in this state. I don't suppose you've got any I.D., either?
Idee? Idee 'bout what?
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ABC edited 7 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »
Eastwood drops his tough guy persona and turns it into a completely different character.
Its a road movie featuring an interesting boy character who learns the harsh realities of life. The movie's depiction of the depression is outstanding and the songs are good.
One of Clint Eastwood's one.
The songs played are very soothing to the ear and the movie is very tragic. The movie is also bittersweet with the relationship between Eastwood and his nephew played by his real life son.
This is a change for Clint Eastwood. He drops his tough guy persona and turns it into a completely different character. Clint and his son Kyle Eastwood shine together in this warmhearted adventure.
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