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Honkytonk Man (1982)

A boy with a music talent goes into the journey with his uncle for a stage concert.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Clancy Carlile (novel), Clancy Carlile (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Red Stovall
Kyle Eastwood ... Whit
John McIntire ... Grandpa
Alexa Kenin ... Marlene
Verna Bloom ... Emmy
Matt Clark ... Virgil
Barry Corbin ... Arnspriger
Jerry Hardin ... Snuffy
Tim Thomerson ... Highway Patrolman
Macon McCalman ... Dr. Hines
Joe Regalbuto ... Henry Axle
Gary Grubbs ... Jim Bob
Rebecca Clemons Rebecca Clemons ... Belle
Johnny Gimble Johnny Gimble ... Bob Wills
Linda Hopkins ... Blues Singer
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Storyline

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 Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Taglines:

The boy is on his way to becoming a man. The man is on his way to becoming a legend.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Canção See more »

Filming Locations:

Gardnerville, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$667,727, 19 December 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,484,991
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Porter Wagoner: The country and western music legend as Dusty. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Henry Axle: You don't think he should be doing this, do you?
Whit: Do you? Knowing it might kill him?
Henry Axle: Want me to level with you, pal? He's going to die anyway, and he knows it. And he knows that this is his last chance.
Whit: Last chance? For what?
Henry Axle: To be somebody. Did you ever feel like you wanted to be somebody? If he makes these recordings - who knows?
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 7 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Salesman (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Sing About You
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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Eastwood drops his tough guy persona and turns it into a completely different character.
31 March 2016 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

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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