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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

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An unforgettable story! See more »


Drama | Music | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The entire crew received t-shirts with the "Big T and The Texas Wheel" logo that the band is seen sporting in the film's closing scene. See more »


Thiola 'Big T' Rayfield: I'm beginning to like you, Justice Parker. So don't blow it!
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Alternate Versions

In the NBC version, there is a scene where Dolly Parton is sitting in a squad car speaking to an officer about Ben. This was cut from the version that aired on Lifetime. See more »


References The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) See more »


Wild Texas Wind
Written by Carl Perkins
Performed by Dolly Parton
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User Reviews

Not a very good movie
5 September 2004 | by cavtrprSee all my reviews

During the early 90's I was a musician living and working out of Austin Texas. Through "Asleep at the Wheel", I got a bit part in this movie playing one of the musicians waiting to go onstage at the "Opry".

The story line is very weak, the acting is weak and about the only strong point is the music. Unfortunately for the viewers, some of the best music didn't get on tape. Gary Busey's jam with "Asleep at the Wheel" was incredible.

As far as the acting, the best performances were turned in by Willie Nelson, Ray Benson and Gary Busey.

On a scale from one to ten, I'd have to give "Wild Texas Wind" a three.

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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

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Production Co:

Sandollar Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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