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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 and Kris on the road - sharing music...raising hell! 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

Gross USA:

$865,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$865,915
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Austin location in Texas, USA was not without it's problems though. The city's usually mild winter months turned bitter, as a nationwide cold snap found it's way to Texas. December, a month in which temperatures normally range in the Fahrenheit degrees in the 50s and 60s (= 10-15 degrees Celsius), gave way to sub-freezing climates, finding cast and crew shooting outdoors in seventeen degrees Fahrenheit (= minus eight degrees Celsius), and wind chill factors which lowered that temperature to a chilling minus ten. A freak ice storm, something not seen by Texans in many years, forced the cancellation of a scene to be shot on a golf course. Alternate, indoor locations were found quickly, and the shooting continued on schedule. See more »

Quotes

Doc Jenkins: I couldn't hate anybody.
Blackie Buck: You hate Rodeo Rocky.
Doc Jenkins: I couldn't hate a real, live, human being.
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Connections

References Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937) See more »

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An uncelebrated gem of cinema!
1 May 2003 | by chronwoodSee all my reviews

A film whose time has come. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson essentially play themselves as a songwriter and a cock-of-the-walk country god, and do it perfectly. The plot concerns Willie's character, Doc Jenkins, attempting to liberate himself from a contract he committed to when he was younger, drunker and a little less immortal. The supporting players are top of the line aces, including a surly Rip Torn and the always-great Melinda Dillon. Lesley Ann Warren is the new singer who Doc hitches his stars to, and she's convincing enough. The dialogue is fast, funny and, I suspect, captures the inside angle of the Music Business to a tee. One of the most unheralded great, little movies of all time. A better version of all those other syrupy, sentimental inside music movies.


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