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Honkytonk Man (1982)

As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Clancy Carlile (novel), Clancy Carlile (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Red Stovall
Kyle Eastwood ... Whit
John McIntire ... Grandpa
Alexa Kenin ... Marlene
Verna Bloom ... Emmy
Matt Clark ... Virgil
Barry Corbin ... Arnspriger
Jerry Hardin ... Snuffy
Tim Thomerson ... Highway Patrolman
Macon McCalman ... Dr. Hines
Joe Regalbuto ... Henry Axle
Gary Grubbs ... Jim Bob
Rebecca Clemons Rebecca Clemons ... Belle
Johnny Gimble Johnny Gimble ... Bob Wills
Linda Hopkins ... Blues Singer
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Storyline

As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the missus' brother. A roguish country-western musician, he has just been invited to audition for the Grand Ole Opry, his chance of a lifetime to become a success. However, this is way back in Nashville, Red clearly drives terribly, and he's broke and sick with tuberculosis to boot. Whit, 14, seeing his own chance of a lifetime to avoid "growing up to be a cotton picker all my life," begs Ma to let him go with Uncle Red as driver and protege. Thus begins a picaresque journey both hilarious and poignant. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The boy is on his way to becoming a man. The man is on his way to becoming a legend.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Western

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1987 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Canção See more »

Filming Locations:

Gardnerville, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$667,727, 19 December 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,484,991
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening sequences were very similar to the earlier Clint Eastwood film The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). See more »

Goofs

The guitar Red Stovall is playing is a Gibson L-5C manufactured around the 1970s. Although Gibson launched the L-5 in 1922, the particular instrument Red plays in the movie is definitely not from the era the movie was set in. The L-5P was launched in 1939 and was superseded by the L-5C in 1948. The letter "C" in L-5C stands for "cutaway" whereas the letter "P" in L-5P stands for "premiere". The tuners and the "Gibson" logo on the guitar's headstock are distinctly 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Henry Axle: You don't think he should be doing this, do you?
Whit: Do you? Knowing it might kill him?
Henry Axle: Want me to level with you, pal? He's going to die anyway, and he knows it. And he knows that this is his last chance.
Whit: Last chance? For what?
Henry Axle: To be somebody. Did you ever feel like you wanted to be somebody? If he makes these recordings - who knows?
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 7 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Blues: Piano Blues (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Negro spiritual attributed to Wallis Willis
Performed by Tracy Shults and by Kyle Eastwood with Alexa Kenin and DeForest Covan
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Decent story, but not very authentic in details
9 January 2007 | by Jdylan-1See all my reviews

This movie has an okay story, a bit in the road-trip theme, and Eastwood's son, Kyle, is an okay actor, but the other actors don't impress me much. Eastwood didn't seem to care much about making the movie an authentic "period piece", and you will often see details in the background from modern times, as well as the haircuts, which are obviously from the early 80's. Several times he shows musicians and they seemed to put the least amount of effort into looking authentic. At the Grand 'Ol Opry, the female singer who is on after Eastwood is singing in a modern style, and anyone who listens to music from the 1930's knows that doesn't fit. Even the music the bands are playing has a 70's/80's sound to it. Maybe they should have got T-Bone Burnett as musical director! They could have had a band on in the vein of the Carter Family, instead. I guess they had a limited budget and it shows, but it could have been a much better movie than it turned out to be. Other things I noticed were, the cement curbs in the really luxurious looking cemetery in the film with all the green grass and trees...excuse me, this is in the 1930's, and as far as I can tell, most graveyards didn't look that maintained, as there was little money. Little things like that that kind of ruin the illusion of a rough period in the US. Even the cars sitting outside the Ryman Theater are highly polished and obviously collector pieces rented for the film and the owners didn't want to get any dust on them. With all the detail Eastwood put into his later masterpiece films, I am a little disappointed, but it is still a decent movie, I gave it a 6 out of 10.


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