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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In his memoir, Willie Nelson called this film the most "autobiographical" of all his movies. The production notes for the film say "Songwriter (1984) is not by any means a biographical portrait of Willie's life, [but] it does offer some interesting" things. See more »

Quotes

Blackie Buck: I underestimated you, Dino.
Dino McLeish: All you sombitches do.
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An "ok" movie to watch!
27 October 2005 | by DragonlewSee all my reviews

"He Lost Everything...Now Its Time To Get Even." Kick back and enjoy Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson as a pair of hard-living Texans in this funny, original and very real look at the country music business. It's Willie and Kris, on the road again, sharing music and raising hell! Melinda Dillon and Rip Torn give a great performance. This movie was pretty good to watch on VHS. I don't know if this movie has come out on DVD or not. The acting wasn't too well performed...but the music was. It's an "ok" movie to enjoy watching. My carpool buddy ride to work, Tommy McClure, told me to watch this movie. He was in the "Roarers Band" in this movie.


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