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Wild Texas Wind (1991)

A country singer becomes romantically entangled with a volatile manager.


Joan Tewkesbury


Dolly Parton (story), Mark Kiracofe (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolly Parton ... Thiola 'Big T' Rayfield
Gary Busey ... Justice Hayden Parker
Ray Benson ... Ben Rayson
Dennis Letts ... Harlan Parker
Willie Nelson ... Willie Nelson
Merrill Connally ... Judge Bolen
Tony Frank ... District Attorney
Tim Alexander Tim Alexander ... Band Piano Player
Jim Finney Jim Finney ... Band Manager / Driver
Michael D. Francis Michael D. Francis ... Band Sax Player
Larry Franklin Larry Franklin ... Band Fiddle Player
Jon Mitchell Jon Mitchell ... Band Bass Player
David Sanger David Sanger ... Band Drummer
Sammy Allred Sammy Allred ... Marvin Kloner
Joe Berryman ... Detective


Dolly Parton stars in a dramatic role as a Texas Swing band singer caught in a violent, destructive relationship that leads to suspense and murder. Thiola Rayfield (Parton), known to her fans as "T", sings for a hard-working, close-knit band that makes its living on the road playing one bar after another. Then she meets and is swept off her feet by charming club owner Justice (Gary Busey). However, "T" soon discovers that Justice has a dark side. He flies into violent rages, and soon members of the band cannot ignore the obvious signs that Justice has been abusing "T". They try to persuade "T" to leave Justice and go back on the road with the band. Justice won't let her go, setting off a series of plot twists that ultimately lead to murder and a shocking conclusion. Written by Tracey Searcy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A country-western murder/mystery that will keep you glued to your seat. See more »


Drama | Music | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The man who tells Ben to "hurry up" in the opening scene is James M. White, the real-life founder and proprietor of Austin's renowned Broken Spoke bar. See more »


Thiola 'Big T' Rayfield: You are the saddest man I have ever met in my life.
Harlan Parker: Me? Then you really don't know Justice very well, do you?
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Alternate Versions

NBC cut the end of the scene in which Thiola and Justice are leaving the nursing home. It was included in the version that CMT aired. See more »


References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »


Tall Man
Written by Billy Strange (as W. Strange) and Juan García Esquivel (as J. Esquivel)
Performed by Dolly Parton and Ray Benson
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User Reviews

This was a great movie.
17 April 2001 | by cathielynnSee all my reviews

In my opinion this was a fantastic film and a soundtrack should be brought out. The film had everything,including great singing from dolly parton and of course an appearance from willie nelson. Even the gorgeous gary busey made you hate him, it was great.

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Release Date:

23 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big T & The Texas Wheel See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sandollar Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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