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Honkytonk Man (1982)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Red Stovall
... Whit
... Grandpa
... Marlene
... Emmy
... Virgil
... Arnspriger
... Snuffy
... Highway Patrolman
... Dr. Hines
... Henry Axle
... Jim Bob
Rebecca Clemons ... Belle
Johnny Gimble ... Bob Wills
... Blues Singer
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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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The boy is on his way to becoming a man. The man is on his way to becoming a legend.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Western

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15 December 1982 (USA)  »

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A Última Canção  »

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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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Trivia

Clint cast his own son Kyle as 'Whit' [nicknamed 'Hoss'], due Kyle's interest in making a movie with his legendary father. Clint was tickled pink over the idea, and had longtime girlfriend Sondra Locke coach Kyle during production. See more »

Goofs

The guitar Red Stovall is playing is a Gibson L-5C manufactured around the 1970s. Although Gibson launched the L-5 in 1922, the particular instrument Red plays in the movie is definitely not from the era the movie was set in. The L-5P was launched in 1939 and was superseded by the L-5C in 1948. The letter "C" in L-5C stands for "cutaway" whereas the letter "P" in L-5P stands for "premiere". The tuners and the "Gibson" logo on the guitar's headstock are distinctly 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Red Stovall: What's so damned funny? That was my new shirt.
Grandpa: [laughs] When you was climbing that ladder, that bull's horn missed your asshole so far!
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References West Point of the Air (1935) See more »

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Honkytonk Man
Sung by Marty Robbins and Clint Eastwood
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minor classic
23 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Despite almost every critic I've read, I think this is a real gem by Clint Eastwood. A honest, sensitive effort in the road movie tradition. The minor tone, the naive sequences soothe Red Stovall's journey to his fate. The movie also displays a touching view of the depression era in USA. Like animated Roy Emerson Stryker's pictures the photography is remarkable as well as the sound track. I've learned about lots of singers and musicians that recorded only to give a final testimony of their art. I guess stories like these deserved a movie like Honkytonk Man. Long life to Clint, one of the most underrated talents not only in Hollywood but in the rest of the world.


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