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Songwriter (1984)

Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writer:

Bud Shrake
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Doc Jenkins
Kris Kristofferson ... Blackie Buck
Melinda Dillon ... Honey Carder
Rip Torn ... Dino McLeish
Lesley Ann Warren ... Gilda
Mickey Raphael Mickey Raphael ... Arly
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ... Corkie
Richard C. Sarafian ... Rodeo Rocky
Robert Gould ... Ralph
Sage Parker Sage Parker ... Pattie McLeish
Shannon Wilcox ... Anita
Jeff MacKay ... Hogan
Gailard Sartain ... Mulreaux
Stephen Bruton Stephen Bruton ... Sam / Roarers Band
Glen Clark Glen Clark ... Paul / Roarers Band
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Storyline

Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, including a young singer and his former singing partner, Blackie Buck, and together they execute his plan to get out of the deal. He gets help from a stereotypical small-time concert promoter. Honey Carder is the love interest/ex-wife. Written by <marv@knology.net>

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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson declare war... On the music industry! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compozitorul See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$497,406, 14 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$865,915
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final cinema movie produced screenplay of screenwriter Edwin "Bud" Shrake [Bud Shrake]. See more »

Quotes

Doc Jenkins: [singing] The world's getting smaller and everything in it belongs; and if you can't buy that Mr. Music Executive, why don't you write your own songs?
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Willie Nelson, songwriter AND actor
19 March 2000 | by DeaconSee all my reviews

Willie Nelson turns in a surprisingly effective performance as Doc Jenkins, a travelling singer/songwriter whose dreams of greater success (primarily in financial terms) collide with his lack of business sense in Alan Rudolph's entertaining Songwriter. It's up to his friends, fellow performer, Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) and rising star, Gilda (Lesley Ann Warren) to help him out of a bad deal made with Rodeo Rocky, played by Richard C. Sarafian.

I was delighted to see how effortlessly Nelson threw himself into the role of Doc. Did his inspiration come from the real life financial troubles he faced a while back? You decide. It's just a pleasure to see him using that golden voice and interacting with old pal, Kristofferson. I also enjoyed the trip that Rudolph takes us on the road and behind the stage of the country music scene.

Setbacks include the discovery of Gilda. Although possessed with a fine voice, I had trouble believing that she had enough talent to sweep Blackie and Doc off their feet. Showing a newcomer as "gifted" in film is always tough. The voice has to be right and the songs interesting. I just don't think it worked here. I also didn't agree with Rocky's character who came off as a little too slimy, although we are talking about the record industry.

I enjoyed it overall. The story keeps you watching and Nelson with his guitar is worth the price of the rental alone. Watching this songwriter was a pleasure.


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