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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 »


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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 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

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


Drama | Music | Thriller







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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Ben was explicitly written for Ray Benson, but NBC wanted a more established actor in the role. Dolly Parton steadfastly refused to give the part to someone else. See more »


Justice Hayden Parker: I promise from my heart, I will never hit you again.
Thiola 'Big T' Rayfield: Oh, you've got that right!
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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »


Speakin' of the Devil
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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Not a boring moment In this gripping Mystery.
6 January 2005 | by triple8See all my reviews

Love little known movies, "who done its", great acting, the State of Texas? Then this is your movie. Dolly Parten gives an amazing, genuinely moving performance here and the acting by everyone as well as direction is fabulous. In addition, the "who done it aspects" to this movie were done extremely well, also. This is a movie I recommend any fan of the above mentioned items, check out, it's also rich in great cinematography and features one of Dolly's most well acted performances. Hopefully, this movie Is still findeable. I would rate it an 8 of 10-not a dull moment throughout and this is an extremely well done picture, if little known.

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