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Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

PG | | Music, Romance, Drama | 18 July 1980 (USA)
Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

John Binder, Gustaf Molander (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Buck Bonham
Dyan Cannon ... Viv Bonham
Amy Irving ... Lily Ramsey
Slim Pickens ... Garland Ramsey
Joey Floyd Joey Floyd ... Jamie Bonham
Charles Levin ... Sid
Mickey Rooney Jr. ... Cotton Roberts
Lane Smith ... Brag--Cotton's Manager
Pepe Serna ... Rooster
Priscilla Pointer ... Rosella Ramsey
Diana Scarwid ... Jeanne
Emmylou Harris ... Emmylou Harris
Rex Ludwick Rex Ludwick ... Tex
Mickey Raphael Mickey Raphael ... Kelly
Bee Spears Bee Spears ... Bo
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Storyline

Buck Bonham is a county singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his obligations to his long-suffering wife and their son. He has everything going his way until his longtime guitarist retires from the band. His plucky young daughter eagerly accepts the position meant to last several weeks. The road leads to temptation as the young woman admits a longtime crush on him, which leads to his downfall. The only question is will his family and friends stand by him before things come crashing down? Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

For 20 years he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.

Genres:

Music | Romance | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Road Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,189,966, 18 July 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,815,212
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an appearance on Johnny Carson to promote the movie, Dylan Cannon claimed that she had never heard of Willie Nelson prior to filming. See more »

Quotes

[Lily is on her first tour with Buck's band]
Bo: Anybody on this bus got a college education?
Lily Ramsey: I do; just graduated in June.
Bo: Good. Then you can get up and get us a beer.
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Soundtracks

Bloody Mary Morning
Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
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Somewhat slow and drawn out
8 September 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Despite what I wrote above in my summary line, I did not hate or dislike "Honeysuckle Rose". There were some things about it that I genuinely enjoyed. With Willie Nelson headlining the movie, there is of course a lot of opportunity for him to sing, which I found very enjoyable despite the fact that country music in normally not my thing. Nelson isn't a great actor - he's only adequate here - but in his defence he doesn't try to be something he's not, and his relaxed and easygoing manner is palatable. Speaking of relaxed and easygoing, director Jerry Schatzberg films the movie in that style, in a way that gives many of the scenes an almost documentary feel, making them surprisingly realistic. However, eventually this slow and steady attitude starts to backfire. The movie is extremely drawn out; there's not a heck of a lot of story here, and what there is could have been told at a length much shorter than the 119 minutes this movie takes. All the same, the movie does have its charms, and I can see some people really enjoying it despite its shortcomings.


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